Book Talk: Reclaiming Populism - How Economic Fairness Can Win Back Disenchanted Voters


Monday, November 8, 2021, 12:00pm to 1:30pm


Paris School of Economics & Zoom

Speaker: Eric Protzer, Research Fellow, Growth Lab.

About the book:

Book coverPopulist upheavals like Trump, Brexit, and the Gilets Jaunes happen when the system really is rigged. Citizens the world over are angry not due to income inequality or immigration, but economic unfairness: that opportunity is not equal and reward is not according to contribution.This forensic book draws on original research, cited by the UN and IMF, to demonstrate that illiberal populism strikes hardest when success is influenced by family origins rather than talent and effort. Protzer and Summerville propose a framework of policy inputs that instead support high social mobility, and apply it to diagnose the differing reasons behind economic unfairness in the US, UK, Italy, and France. By striving for a fair, socially-mobile economy, they argue, it is possible to craft a politics that reclaims the reasonable grievances behind populism.

Please register in advance to attend this talk. Contact Chuck McKenney with any event-related questions.

The talk will be live-streamed on YouTube. 

Co-sponsors: The World Inequality Lab at the Paris School of Economics and Polity Books. 

See also: Event, Growth Lab