Round table ”Populism – Causes and Consequences” held on the 10th October 20017 at the Institute of Social Sciences
”A spectre is haunting the world: populism.” Although formulated back in 1969 at a scientific conference in London, this statement could not be more up-to-date. While until few years ago considered as a phenomenon that was increasingly, but still in terms of time and space very limited occurring, populism by the latest after Brexit, the election of Donald Trump and the strengthening of populist movements in France, the Netherlands and Germany turned not only into one of the most important global political questions, but also became one of the central research challenges within the social sciences. As such it was also the topic of the round table “Populism – Causes and Consequences” which took place in the framework of the 60th anniversary of the Institute of Social Sciences. The background for the discussion was the previously published edited volume Populism (http://idn.org.rs/kalendar/Populizam.pdf), with contributions from researchers from the Centre for political studies and public opinion research and other researchers from Serbia and aboard dealing with populism. The program of the round table was structured into four sessions and the discussion reached from theoretical concepts of populism and its relation to representative democracy, over the debate about populism as a political style, discourse and mean of communication respectively, up to the question how populism is impacting cultural policies. The presentations were based both on current empirical data and relevant theories and theoretical models of populism. This way the round table provided a forum for discussing the most recent political successes of populist parties and movements in Europe, but also shed light on the way the term populism is being used and operationalized.