Workshop on Populism

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2 Apr 2013 - 4 Apr 2013
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This three-day workshop will introduce students to the concept of populism and recent empirical work. Participants will become familiar not only with the definition of populism, but with techniques for measuring it, including textual analysis, survey instruments, and psychological experiments. Participants will also be introduced to recent findings on the relationship between populism and democracy. For those interested, the workshop will also provide training in coding populist speeches.

What is populism? How populist are leaders in Central and Eastern Europe, especially in comparison with leaders such as Hugo Chavez in Venezuela or Juan Peron in Argentina? What causes citizens to support populist movements? What is the impact of populism on democracy?  The workshop focuses not only on the definition of populism and how populist movements work, but on the measurement of populist ideas in texts and surveys. Participants will come away from the workshop with a clear understanding of the concept, together with a set of tools that can be used to measure populism in different contexts.


April 2: Basic concepts, techniques of textual analysis, first coding assignment
April 3: Survey research and results from United States, Latin America, and Netherlands; second coding assignment
April 4: Experiments; final coding assignment

9:30-11:30 a.m. (subject to change)


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Instructor bio

Dr. Kirk Hawkins is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Brigham Young University (Ph.D. Duke University 2003). He is an expert on populism in Latin America and recently published Venezuela’s Chavismo and Populism in Comparative Perspective (Cambridge University Press, 2010). He currently studies the impact of populism on democracy and the origins of populism among ordinary citizens. His work at CEU is part of a project to study populism in Central and Eastern Europe, the Baltic States, and former Soviet Republics.