The Rise of the Right?

In recent times, Donald Trump has been elected as President of the US, the British people have voted to leave the European Union, right-wing regimes have taken power in Hungary and Poland, right-wing parties in Western Europe have grown steadily, while 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 the distinguished and penetrating Australian political scientists, formerly at Stanford, he is presently 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, scintillating and theoretically-minded public intellectuals in Australia.

The panel will be 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.

According to Professor Manne: “The rise of the populist right is probably the most consequential political development of the current era. Anyone genuinely interested in the future of the United States, Europe and Australia, and indeed of the world, ought not to miss this discussion.”

Recent events held by the Ideas and Society Program--with Professors Sheila Fitzpatrick and Mark Edele on the centenary of the Russian Revolution and with Paul Keating on the rise of China and the future of Australian foreign policy--have sold out very rapidly.



Professor Simon Jackman
Chief Executive Officer, United States Studies Centre

Professor Simon Jackman became CEO of the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney in April 2016. Born and raised in Australia, he went to the United States for his PhD (Political Science, Rochester) in 1988. From 1996 to 2016, Jackman taught Political Science and Statistics at Stanford University.

Jackman’s research focuses on public opinion, political participation, and electoral systems, in both the United States and Australia.  Since 2009, Jackman has been one of the Principal Investigators of the American National Election Studies, the world’s longest running and most authoritative study of political attitudes and behaviour.

Katharine Murphy
Political Editor, Guardian Australia

Katharine Murphy is an award winning journalist who has worked in the parliamentary press gallery for twenty years, and is currently political editor of Guardian Australia. She's a regular commentator on radio and television, and also contributes a quarterly essay on politics to the literary magazine Meanjin. She's an Adjunct Associate Professor of Journalism at the University of Canberra, and a Director of the National Press Club.

Guy Rundle

Guy Rundle is currently correspondent-at-large for Crikey, Australia's independent online daily, and a former editor of Arena Magazine, Australia's magazine of critical political commentary. He has written for most Australian news publications, and worked as a TV writer and producer, and written several stage shows for the satirist Max Gillies. His books include Down To The Crossroads: The US 08 election, Inland Empire: America at the end of the Obama era, A Revolution In The Making:3D Printing, Robots and the Future. The Gates of Europe: Enlightenment and Populism is forthcoming.

Event Details:

Venue: The Village Roadshow Theatrette at the State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston Street, Melbourne, VIC, 3000

Date: Tuesday 13 June 2017

Time: 6.30pm to 8.00pm