Date(s) - Thursday, March 23, 2017
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Please note that the event has passed. Prof Freytag will deliver a series of blogs on populism over the next three months, so watch this space.
The West has undergone substantial socio-economic changes since the global financial crisis, the political consequences of which only recently became obvious. Populist politicians from the extremes of the political spectrum have gained significant ground; one of them may even “conquer” the White House. South Africa’s own variants of populism are also growing, with the “South Africa First” Political Party having just been registered, alongside well-known manifestations such as the EFF and certain factions of the governing ANC.
Professor Andreas Freytag will analyze the roots and causes of this phenomenon in the developed world and show some examples of policy responses (e.g. in the French, Dutch and German cases) or consequences (in the British and US cases) respectively. He will also discuss appropriate strategies to combat these forms of simplified and unhealthy policy advocacy. The focus will be placed on the importance of durable rule-bound policies rather than discretionary measures; a prescription of great relevance to South African politics.
The seminar will be presented by Prof. Dr. Andreas Freytag, Director of Tutwa Germany.