S3E7: Pop­ulism and democ­ra­cy’s crit­i­cal infrastructure

This episode explores the con­cept of pop­ulism and fun­da­men­tal struc­tures that give legit­i­ma­cy and effi­ca­cy to demo­c­ra­t­ic pol­i­tics. Is pop­ulism the direct result of a cri­sis of rep­re­sen­ta­tion? How can we strength­en rep­re­sen­ta­tive democ­ra­cy against the threat of soft author­i­tar­i­an pol­i­tics? And what has hap­pened to inter­me­di­ary insti­tu­tions of demo­c­ra­t­ic pol­i­tics in this era of populism?


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.