Discussion on Authoritarian Populism in Europe

On September 15, 2016 the Lithuanian Free Market Institute (LFMI) in partnership with Timbro and  the Institute of International Relations and Political Sciences of Vilnius University will hold a discussion “Authoritarian Populism in Europe: The Resurgence of Parties and Ideologies.”

A recently published Timbro Authoritarian Populism Index (TAPI) reveals that never before have populist parties had as strong public support throughout Europe as they do today. According to the study, voter demand for populism has increased steadily all across Europe since the millennium shift and around a fifth of voters now vote for left or right wing populist parties. The Index includes both right and left wing populist parties and covers all national elections in 33 European countries, from 1980 to 2016 .

The event will feature TAPI author Andreas Johansson Heinö of Timbro and LFMI’s President Žilvinas Šilėnas. The discussion will focus on the causes and long-term implications of the resurgence of authoritarian populism as well as an assessment of the performance of the outgoing Lithuanian parliament in light of the evolving political trends.

Panel members: TAPI author Andreas Johansson Heinö, LFMI President Žilvinas Šilėnas,  Assoc. Prof. Mažvydas Jastramskis and PhD candidate Jogilė Stašienė of the Institute of International Relations and Political Sciences.

Moderator: Assoc. Prof. Inga Vinogradnaitė, the Institute of International Relations and Political Sciences, Vilnius University.

When: September 15 at 5:00 pm.

Where: 10 Vokiečių St. Vilnius, Lithuania (Room 402).