“There is always a seed of populism in all forms of democracy,” says Ann-Cathrine Jungar, reader in Political Science at Södertörn University, one of the speakers at the symposium.
Populist parties take advantage of the gap between how democracy actually works and democracy as an idea about people governing themselves, according to Ann-Cathrine Jungar. On Friday 15 November, she will give a talk called “Populismen: En tyst motrevolution?” (“Populism: a silent counterrevolution?”)
“I usually say that populists pose good questions. They are no longer one-issue parties. However, they tend to have a single explanation to all of society’s problems.”