EEAG Report 2017: Populism and Economic Policy

16 Mar 2017

Organized by EEAG, KOF Swiss Economic Institute ETH Zurich, hosted by the Swiss Re Centre for Global Dialogue
Location: Rüschlikon, Zurich, Switzerland


A wave of populism is sweeping across Europe and North America. The year 2016 threw up two extraordinary upsets: the first in the shape of Brexit on 24th June; and the second, the earth-shattering election of Donald Trump to the US presidency. The forces of openness, tolerance, diversity, multiculturalism, and globalisation have been left reeling, overwhelmed by and at a loss to understand this new wave. 2017, the elections in France and Germany are expected to be dominated by populist claims.

Among the economic factors that trigger populism, economic crises figure prominently. Events like the financial crisis and the following worldwide recession and the outbreak of the debt crisis in the Eurozone have harsh consequences for people who lose employment or experience a decline in their pensions or other forms of support they receive. Crises will inevitably lead to a debate about the failure of the ruling elites and the fact that the costs of the crisis are not borne by those deemed responsible for it.

Harold James (Princeton and EEAG) and Jan-Egbert Sturm (KOF Swiss Economic Institute and EEAG) will discuss the challenges that lie ahead of us concerning the rising populism and its consequences for economic policy. Martin Meyer (Schweizerisches Institut für Auslandforschung) will moderate the event.



Registration & Coffee


Stephan Schreckenberg, Head Risk Research, Swiss Re Centre for Global Dialogue


Martin Meyer, Schweizerisches Institut für Auslandsforschung


Economic overview Switzerland and Europe
Jan Egbert Sturm, KOF ETH Zurich


Populism and Economic Policy
Harold James, Princeton University


Moderator: Martin Meyer, Schweizerisches Institut für Auslandsforschung




General information


EEAG Report 2017:  Populism and Economic Policy


16 March 2017


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