The SPSA Annual Conference 2020 will take place at University of Lucerne from 3rd until 4th February

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Congrès annuel 2020

Guiding Theme 2020

La dénationalisation et la renationalisation des conflits politiques à l'ère numérique

La transformation numérique a toujours été comprise comme un facilitateur des processus de la mondialisation: le numérique ne connaît pas de frontières. Récemment et quelque peu paradoxalement, la numérisation semble également faciliter la montée des identités et des intérêts particularistes. Par exemple, on pourrait soutenir que la numérisation, en tant que héraut de la mondialisation financière et économique et de la transformation des sociétés industrielles en sociétés de l'information, a contribué à la revitalisation du nationalisme. Cette conférence cherche à explorer la tension entre les tendances au processus de numérisation qui transcendent et renforcent les frontières.

Congress program 2020

Monday, 3rd February

  • 11:00-15.00: Conference Registration
  • 12:00-13:30: SVPW Board Meeting
  • 13:30-15:00: Working Group Session 1
  • 15:00-15:30: Coffee Break    
  • 15:30-17:00: SVPW General Assembly
    Including a presentation of the report on doctors and postdocs in political science
  • 17:00-19:00: Plenary Session
    «Cultural Backlash and Authoritarian Populism in Digital Societies»
    Keynote Input: Prof. Pippa Norris
    Roundtable discussion
  • 19:00-20:00: Apéro    
  • 20:15: Dinner (Hotel Radisson Blu)


Tuesday, 4th February

  • 08:00-10:00: Conference Registration
  • 09:00-10:30: Working Group Session 2
  • 10:30-11:00: Coffee Break
  • 11:00-12:30: Working Group Session 3
  • 12:30-13:30: Lunch
  • 13:30-15:00: Working Group Session 4
  • 15:00-15:30: Coffee Break
  • 15:30-17:00: Working Group Session 5
  • 09:00-13:30: Information event about master programs in political science

Keynote Speech

Cultural Backlash and Authoritarian Populism in Digital Societies

Authoritarian populists have disrupted politics in many digital societies, as exemplified by Donald Trump in the U.S. and Brexit in the UK. Authoritarian populist parties have gained votes and seats in many countries, and entered government in states as diverse as Austria, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, and Switzerland. Across Europe, their average share of the vote in parliamentary elections remains limited but it has more than doubled since the 1960s and their share of seats tripled. Even small parties can still exert tremendous ‘blackmail’ pressure on governments and change the policy agenda, as demonstrated by UKIP’s role in catalyzing Brexit. The danger is that populism undermines public confidence in the legitimacy of liberal democracy while authoritarianism actively corrodes its principles and practices. This presentation sets out a general theory explaining polarization over the cultural cleavage dividing social liberals and social conservatives in the electorates and how these values translate into support for Authoritarian-Populist parties and leaders in the U.S. and Europe. This talk pays special attention to the role of digital societies in either reinforcing or countering the rise of authoritarian populists. The conclusion highlights the dangers to liberal democracy arising from social media and what could be done to mitigate the risks.

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