AUCKLAND: Politics in the Age of Vitriol: The Rise of Nationalist and Ultra-Nationalist Politics
Thursday, 7 May 2020 6:00PM - 7:30PM
Lecture Theatre, Old Government House, Princes Street, University of Auckland

SPEAKER: Distinguished Professor Paul Spoonley

A Financial Times supplement in 2017 provides the first part of the title. It highlighted the growth of a politics which was much more tribal – in terms of whose voices were represented in politics in various high-income countries, and in relation to the fragmentation of major political parties – and also the new tone of these politics.

This talk explores reasons for these developments, especially the appearance of a range of expressions of nationalism, including an exclusive or aggressive nationalism. Some of the reasons for such nationalisms might be the decline of mass political parties and collective organisations, the influence of the internet, and anxieties linked with migration and diversity.