Populism at the polls: The challenges facing modern American conservatism

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When

6.00pm–7.30pm

22 August 2016

Where

Law Foyer, New Law Building, The University of Sydney

Type

Public forum

Topics

Politics

Brexit, Bernie, Trump and Turnbull: modern democracies are being challenged by populist politics and ambitious politicians are riding the wave of newly mobilised voters. In the United States, the threat of civil war within the Republican Party as it struggles with the balance of policy and populism is very real. What will the rise of Donald Trump mean for the party of ideas before and after the 2016 presidential election?

Henry Olsen, a senior fellow at the US Ethics and Public Policy Center, discussed this and other challenges to modern American conservatism in conversation with Professor Simon Jackman, Chief Executive Officer, and Brendon O’Connor, associate professor in American politics at the United States Studies Centre.

Featuring

  • Associate Professor Brendon O'Connor
    Associate Professor Brendon O'Connor
    Associate Professor in American Politics, United States Studies Centre

    Brendon is an Associate Professor in American Politics. He is the coordinator of the American Studies program at the University of Sydney and the Director of the Faculty Scholars Program. He is the editor of seven books on anti-Americanism and has also published articles and books on American welfare policy, presidential politics, US foreign policy and Australian-American relations.

  • Professor Simon Jackman
    Professor Simon Jackman
    Chief Executive Officer, United States Studies Centre

    Simon Jackman commenced as CEO of the US Studies Centre in April 2016. He was previously a Professor of Political Science and Statistics at Stanford University. Jackman's teaching and research centres on public opinion, election campaigns, political participation, and electoral systems with special emphasis on American and Australian politics.

  • Henry Olsen
    , Ethics and Public Policy Center

    Henry Olsen is a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, studies and provides commentary on American politics. His work focuses on how to address, consistent with conservative principles, the electoral challenges facing modern American conservatism.

 

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