In his lecture, Dr Kai Arzheimer disentangles the relationship between populist actors and crises. He starts by clarifying both concepts. Following that, he shows that populists often benefit from events that are not crises in a strict sense but are framed as such. In turn, populist policies may lead to genuine political crises.
Kai Arzheimer is a Professor of German Politics and Political Sociology at the University of Mainz, Germany. He has published widely on voting behaviour, particularly on voting for the radical right in Europe.
Moderator Dr Vasiliki Tsagkroni is an Assistant Professor of Comparative Politics at the Institute of Political Science, Leiden University. His research interests include far-right parties, populism and radicalisation, political discourse, narratives in times of crisis, political marketing and branding and policy making.