Call for Papers: Conference on Consequences and Mitigation

Date: Monday, June 24, 2019 - Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Sponsor: IE University School for Global and Public Affairs; Anxieties of Democracy Program of the Social Science Research Council

Location: IE University, Segovia, Spain

Team Populism ( invites proposals for papers on the consequences of populism and how these can be mitigated. Papers will be presented at a conference at IE University in Segovia, Spain on 24-26 June 2019. The purpose of the conference is the creation of an edited volume The Ideational Approach to Populism: Consequences and Mitigation for submission to the Anxieties of Democracy series at Cambridge University Press.

We are committed to a multi- and mixed method approach and wish to present broad evidence coming from multiple methodological paradigms. We thus welcome theoretically and empirically oriented proposals and encourage cross-country and cross-regional research. However, papers must integrate their arguments with the ideational approach to populism (Hawkins et al. 2018; Mudde 2017). Where practical, authors are encouraged to use publicly available datasets collected by members of Team Populism. Proposals advancing experimental designs should be prepared to present preliminary results at the conference.

Where feasible, authors should direct their proposals towards one or more elements of the following framework:

Consequences. The ideational approach considers the impact of populism on all levels of analysis, as well as populism’s negative and positive consequences.  Individual papers may focus on systemic (international) level consequences, such as foreign policy; state-level consequences, such as democratic norms and institutions, economic and other policy outcomes, and media behavior; consequences for parties or party-systems; and individual-level consequences, such as social polarization and the psychology of populism.

Mitigation. While populism can have beneficial consequences, the ideational approach sees populism having multiple negative consequences and offers ways to mitigate them. Papers here have a clearer policy focus and should center on specific mitigations, such as policy or institutional change; institutional reforms; new communications strategies; civic education; and grassroots activism. Change agents may include international and domestic actors.

Accommodations and meals of guests are covered, and the organizers may cover the airfare of junior scholars. Funding for the conference comes from IE’s School for Global and Public Affairs and the Anxieties of Democracy program of the Social Science Research Council.

Proposals of no more than 500 words should be submitted to Nina Wiesehomeier <>. Deadline for submission is 18 January 2019. Accepted authors will be notified by mid-February. Full drafts should be circulated 10 days ahead of the conference.






Works Cited

Hawkins, Kirk A., Ryan Carlin, Levente Littvay, and Cristóbal Rovira Kaltwasser, eds. 2018. The Ideational Approach to Populism: Concept, Theory, and Analysis. Extremism and Democracy. Abingdon: Routledge.

Mudde, Cas. 2017. “Populism: An Ideational Approach.” In The Oxford Handbook of Populism, edited by Cristóbal Rovira Kaltwasser, Paul Taggart, Paulina Ochoa Espejo, and Pierre Ostiguy. Oxford: Oxford University Press.


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