Policy Forum

Populism and Nationalism in the Trump Era

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Date and Time
January 25, 2017 6 - 7:30 PM EST
Hayek Auditorium, Cato Institute
Mindy Finn

Director of Immigration Studies and the Herbert A. Stiefel Center for Trade Policy Studies

Ruy Teixeira
Robert P. Jones
Henry Olsen
Alex Lundry
Lisa Dropkin
Patrick Ruffini
Meira Neggaz

The 2016 election saw new arguments over the old ideas of populism and nationalism. Both had seemed doomed in this new era of technocracy and globalization. New research from Democracy Fund Voice examines how populism, nationalism, and immigration affected the 2016 election. Many voters who strongly favored Donald Trump feel alienated from government, community, and a changed and changing America. What are the implications of these frustrations and fears for the Trump administration and its critics? Do the new populism and nationalism bode well or ill for the preservation of a free society?

Please join us for an intriguing look at the 2016 electorate and the implications of populism and nationalism for public policy and future debates.

Panel 1 : Populism and Nationalism in America: Understanding the Electorate

  • Mindy Finn, Advisor, Democracy Fund Voice
  • Alex Lundry, Co‐​Founder and Chief Data Scientist, Deep Root Analytics
  • Lisa Dropkin, Principal, Edge Research
  • Patrick Ruffini, Co‐​Founder Echelon Insights
  • Emily Ekins, Research Fellow, Cato Institute

Panel 2 : Policy Implications of the New Populism

  • Ruy Teixeira, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
  • Robert P. Jones, CEO, Public Religion Research Institute
  • Henry Olsen, Senior Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center
  • Meira Neggaz, Executive Director, ISPU
  • Alex Nowrasteh, Research Fellow, Cato Institute