GC2017 program det
Populism: Passing Fad or New Political Era?
Monday, May 1, 2017 / 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
International Terrace

Tony Blair, Prime Minister, Great Britain and Northern Ireland (1997-2007)

Matthew Elliott, Senior Fellow, Legatum Institute; Senior Political Adviser, Shore Capital; Former Chief Executive, VoteLeave
Jason Furman, Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics; Former Chairman, White House Council of Economic Advisers
Luis Madrazo Lajous, Chief Economist, Ministry of Finance, Mexico
Yascha Mounk, Author and Lecturer, Harvard University

Uneven macroeconomic growth in the advanced economies in the last 20 years have left tens of millions of citizens feeling worse off than before. One result? The recent wave of populist unrest in country after country. This solutions-oriented session will review:

  • What policies can ease anxieties about economic change, spur employers to provide better training, and governments more effective assistance?
  • What now-hot ideas -- wage insurance, life-time retraining loan accounts, Universal Basic Income -- are worth serious consideration?
  • Since this is not a purely economic phenomenon, what social and cultural factors must be taken into account?