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The Future of the Left After Brexit and Trump

Across Europe and America, the last ten years has witnessed the steady retreat of social democratic politics in the face of right-wing populism and nationalism.  From the Front Nationale in France to the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) in Great Britain to Donald Trump in the US, the politics of grievance and loss is seeing historically left-wing voters choose far more conservative parties.  Fuelling this political realignment is a mix of mass immigration and the steady erosion of living standards in working-class communities.  These were the forces leading Britain to vote to leave the European Union, and traditionally Democrat voters look to Donald Trump for answers.  In the face of this change, social democratic parties are increasingly divided between their liberal and conservative wings as the impact of globalisation reshapes the political map. 

As a British Member of Parliament for an historically Labour community which strongly voted ‘Leave’ in the EU Referendum, Tristram Hunt is well suited to explore these issues.  He will argue that social democratic parties need to have a much clearer answer to the challenges of mass migration, the economic inequalities of globalisation, and a stronger sense of national identity and belonging.  If not, the 100 year history of European social democracy could be in peril.

Seminar Room 3-1,
Manasseh Meyer,
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy,
469C Bukit Timah Road,
Singapore 259772
Thu 15 September 2016
05:15 PM - 06:30 PM

Dr Tristram Hunt

Dr Tristram Hunt

Member of Parliament (Labour Party) for Stoke-on-Trent Central, and Senior Lecturer in Modern British History at Queen Mary, University of London

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Mr James Crabtree

Mr James Crabtree

Senior Visiting Research Fellow, Centre on Asia and Globalisation, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

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