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The Rise of the Right?

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Published on Jun 25, 2017

Donald Trump has been elected president of the US, the British people have voted to leave the European Union, right-wing regimes have taken power in Hungary and Poland and right-wing parties in Western Europe have grown steadily. In Australia the One Nation party has been reborn.

Will the future of politics in the West be determined by the kind of anti-establishment populism these separate developments seem to represent?

La Trobe University’s Ideas & Society program, convened by Emeritus Professor Robert Manne, has assembled a stellar panel to consider this crucial question in depth.

Professor Simon Jackman is one of Australia’s most distinguished Australian political scientists. Formerly at Stanford, he is the head of the United States Studies Centre in Sydney.

Katharine Murphy, a senior journalist with the Guardian Australia, is one of the most perceptive and respected observers of Australian political culture.

Guy Rundle, the reporter at large for Crikey, is one of the most original public intellectuals in Australia.

The panel is chaired by Judith Brett, Emeritus Professor of Politics at La Trobe University and the author of several books on the history of the liberal-conservative tradition in Australia.

Melbourne, June 2017

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