SOAS University of London

Department of Politics and International Studies

Neoliberalism, Authoritarianism and Populism: Which Way Now?

Cemal Burak Tansel, Feyzi Ismail, Alfredo Saad Filho, Sappho Xenakis

Date: 13 June 2017Time: 5:00 PM

Finishes: 13 June 2017Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: Khalili Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Seminar

From Brexit and Trump to Le Pen, Erdo─čan, and Duterte, recent years have witnessed an upsurge in populist, socio-political practices. Across many of these cases, the reproduction of populism has involved the implementation of authoritarian governing processes which, in turn, has provoked intense debate over the meaning and experience of freedom and (in)justice. But to what extent is neoliberalism - in its variegated policy dimensions and effects - implicated in the contemporary relationship between populism and authoritarianism? Six months since the inauguration of Trump offers a space to reflect upon this question and deepen our understanding of the roiling waves of politics which mark our time. This panel brings together an esteemed group of experts to dissect such relations. Ultimately, we are keen to explore with the audience not only contested conceptual meanings and comparisons between different countries, but also what future trajectories may emerge at the intersection between these three major forces.


Cemal Burak Tansel

Anniversary Postdoctoral Research Fellow

University of Sheffield

Editor of States of Discipline: Authoritarian Neoliberalism and the Contested Reproduction of Capitalist Order (2017)

 Feyzi Ismail

Senior Teaching Fellow, Department of Development Studies,

SOAS University of London

 Alfredo Saad Filho

Professor of Political Economy

SOAS University of London

 Dr Sappho Xenakis

Senior Lecturer in Criminology

Birkbeck, University of London



Matthew Eagleton-Pierce

Lecturer in International Political Economy

SOAS University of London

Organiser: Dr. Matthew Eagleton-Pierce

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