S08E10: Cather­ine Fieschi on the Rise of Populism 

This episode explores how pop­ulism has irre­versibly trans­formed the polit­i­cal land­scape. How does dig­i­tal media play a role in this phe­nom­e­non and why has pop­ulism been suc­cess­ful in some advanced west­ern democ­ra­cies? Lis­ten to hear about the pit­falls of tech­no­crat­ic gov­er­nance and the chal­lenges posed by alliances of pop­ulist polit­i­cal forces.

Guest fea­tured in this episode:

Cather­ine Fieschi is a lead­ing expert on Euro­pean pol­i­tics and cur­rent­ly a Fel­low at the Robert Schu­man Cen­tre of the Euro­pean Uni­ver­si­ty Insti­tute in Flo­rence. She is a Senior Advi­sor to Macro Advi­so­ry Part­ners in Lon­don. Fieschi is the founder of Coun­ter­point, a Lon­don-based think tank that pro­vides gov­ern­ments and NGOs around the world with strate­gic insights on how to man­age new forms of social and polit­i­cal risk and dis­sent. She is also an advi­sor to the PEW Research Cen­tre in Wash­ing­ton D.C., a mem­ber of Singapore’s Cen­tre for Strate­gic Futures, and is on the Board of the Nation­al Cen­tre for Social Research in the Unit­ed King­dom. Fieschi fur­ther served as direc­tor of the Britain’s lead­ing think tank, Demos, and was also Direc­tor of Research at the British Coun­cil.  As an ana­lyst who focus­es on the rise of pop­ulist and author­i­tar­i­an pol­i­tics in advanced democ­ra­cies, Cather­ine Fieschi is a long­stand­ing advi­sor to pro­gres­sive polit­i­cal lead­ers and cam­paigns across the globe. Wide­ly pub­lished in acad­e­mia and beyond, she has a reg­u­lar col­umn in the Chatham House mag­a­zine and is a con­trib­u­tor for the Finan­cial Times, The Guardian, Politi­co, also BBC, and CNN.


Shalini Randeria

Shalini Randeria is Rector and President of the Central European University (Vienna/Budapest). Before, she was Professor of Social Anthropology and Sociology at the Graduate Institute Geneva, and Rector of the Institute of Human Sciences (IWM) in Vienna from 2014 to 2021. She has published widely on the anthropology of globalisation, law, the state and social movements. Her empirical research on India also addresses issues of post-coloniality and multiple modernities.