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Ian Shapiro

Angry Populist Politics:  

Why it is Happening

What to do About it

Thursday, February 22nd, 2024, 7 p.m. CET

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The Theater at Amerikahaus

Karolinenplatz 3

80333 Munich

To watch the event :

Sterling Professor of Political Science at Yale University

Since 2016, why has there been a dramatic erosion of support for establishment parties in favor of populist and even anti-system ones in so many countries?  Ian Shapiro will answer that question, explain why many of the proposed remedies either have no effect or make things worse, and go to outline changes that would have a better chance of restoring democratic confidence. 

Ian Shapiro is Sterling Professor of Political Science at Yale University. He has written widely and influentially on democracy, justice, and the methods of social inquiry. A native of South Africa, he received his J.D. from the Yale Law School and his Ph.D from the Yale Political Science Department where he has taught since 1984 and served as chair from 1999 to 2004.

Shapiro also served as Henry R. Luce Director of the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies from 2004-2019. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society, and a member of the Council on

Foreign Relations and the National Academy of Social Insurance.


Shapiro is a past fellow of the Carnegie Corporation, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. He has held visiting appointments at the University of Cape Town, Keio University in Tokyo, and Nuffield College, Oxford. 


His most recent books are  Politics Against Domination (Harvard University Press, 2016),  Responsible Parties: Saving Democracy from Itself  (Yale University Press, 2018) with Frances Rosenbluth, and The Wolf at the Door: The Menace of Economic Insecurity and how to Fight It  (Harvard University Press, 2020) with Michael Graetz. His current research concerns the relations between democracy and the distribution of income and wealth.

Moderator Dr. Dominik Tolksdorf focuses in his research on the intersection of US domestic politics, foreign policy, and relations with Germany and the EU. He is currently with the Alfred von Oppenheim Center for the Future of Europe at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) in Berlin. Prior to that, he served for many years as Program Director for Foreign and Security Policy at the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Washington, DC, and worked at several think tanks in the US and Europe before that.

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