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25 Apr

SPPG Event: Populism in the United States

April 25, 2017

Join SPPG on May 11 for a talk on Populism in the United States featuring speakers Nick Carnes, Justin Gest and discussant Chris Cochrane.

How does the working class vote? And who votes for the working class?

The School of Public Policy and Governance presents: “Populism and its Influence in the United States” with speakers Justin Gest, Nick Carnes and discussant Chris Cochrane. The event will feature a discussion on Justin Gest’s new book, “The New Minority: White Working Class Politics in an Age of Immigration and Inequality”, as well as Nick Carnes’ book, “White Collar Government: The Hidden Role of Class in Economic Policy Making”. These experts will weigh in on the role of populism in the United States and its influence on the rise of Donald Trump. Details are below.

When: Thursday, May 11, 2017, 4-6pm

Where: 1 Devonshire Place, Campbell Conference Facility

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More on the speakers and discussant:

Justin Gest is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy at George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government. His teaching and research interests include comparative politics, minority political behavior, and immigration policy.

In the field of minority political behavior, his earlier research focused on Muslim political behavior in Western democracies. This work was collected in Apart: Alienated and Engaged Muslims in the West (Oxford University Press/Hurst, 2010). He recently published a follow-up study that applies his conclusions to white working class people. This work is entitled The New Minority: White Working Class Politics in an Age of Immigration and Inequality (Oxford University Press, 2016).

Nick Carnes is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Political Science at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University and the Co-Director of the Research Triangle chapter of the Scholars Strategy Network.

His research focuses on U.S. politics, legislative decision making, representation, social class, economic inequality, and state and local politics. His book White-Collar Government: The Hidden Role of Class in Economic Policy Making examines how the shortage of people from the working class in American legislatures skews the policymaking process towards outcomes that are more in line with the upper class’s economic interests. He is also completing a large-scale study of the factors that discourage working-class Americans from holding public office and the programs that could help to address the shortage of working-class Americans in our political institutions.

Chris Cochrane is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto.  He is the author of Left and Right: The Small World of Political Ideas (MQUP, 2015) and co-author, with Rand Dyck, of Canadian Politics: Critical Approaches (Nelson, 2014). He is also a co-investigator of Digging Into Linked Parliamentary Data, an international and interdisciplinary collaboration investigating the written records of parliamentary speech in Canada, the UK, and the Netherlands. He is interested in ideology and political disagreement in Canada and other democratic countries.

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