The Devil Really is in the Details: Why Specificity Matters in Understanding the Global Radical Right

Lecture | February 1 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues), Wildavsky Conference Room

 Brian Porter-Szűcs, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of History, University of Michigan

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Center for Right-Wing Studies

There are obvious similarities between Vladimir Putin, Viktor Orbán, Recep Erdoğan, Jair Bolsonaro, Jarosław Kaczyński, Rodrigo Duterte, Donald Trump, and all the other politicians we have come to call ‘populists.’ Not only is that label misleading, but analyzing them as part of a single ideological movement can lead to confusion. This presentation will use the example of Poland to illustrate the necessity of local expertise in understanding seemingly global trends.