The Populist Temptation: Economic Grievance and Political Reaction in the Modern Era

Panel Discussion | October 3 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 820 Barrows Hall

 Barry Eichengreen, Professor of Economics & Political Science, UC Berkeley; Paul Pierson, Professor of Political Science, UC Berkeley; Brad DeLong, Professor of Economics, UC Berkeley

 Social Science Matrix

Please join us on October 3, 2019 at 4pm for a book talk focused on Barry Eichengreen’s book, The Populist Temptation: Economic Grievance and Political Reaction in the Modern Era, which places the global resurgence of populism in a deep historical context.

Eichengreen's book argues that populists tend to thrive in the wake of economic downturns, when it is easy to convince the masses of elite malfeasance. While bankers, financiers, and ‘bought’ politicians are partly responsible, populists’ own solutions tend to be simplistic and economically counterproductive. By arguing that ordinary people are at the mercy of extra-national forces beyond their control, populists often degenerate into demagoguery and xenophobia.

Eichengreen posits that interventions must begin with shoring up and improving the welfare state so that it is better able to act as a buffer for those who suffer most during economic slumps.

In discussing his book, Eichengreen will be engaging two eminent colleagues: Paul Pierson, a renowned specialist in populism, social theory, and political economy, and Brad DeLong, a distinguished economist who served as Deputy Assistant Secre-tary of the Treasury for Economic Policy during the Clinton Administration and is currently a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

This talk is presented as part of Social Science Matrix's new "Authors Meet Critics" book series, which features lively discussions about recently published books by social scientists at UC Berkeley.

Space is limited. Please RSVP to attend.

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