Populism: Demise or renewal of representative democracy?

The appeal of traditional institutions for political representation, such as political parties and legislatures, seems to be in decline in both established and developing democracies alike. Increasingly, new forms of political action and agendas emerge, including different forms of populism.

To explore this new reality, NIMD is teaming up with International IDEA, OSCE/ODIHR, REPRESENT and WFD to organize a conference on “Representation in the age of populism”.

The conference, which is set to take place on 18-20 June, will address whether populism – in all its different forms and shapes – signifies a potential demise of representative democracy, or if whether triggers a renewal.

Experts from across the globe will gather in the Belgian Senate in Brussels. Over the course of 10 sessions, they will address global action on social movements, party innovation, social media and legislation, among other topics.

Speakers at the conference will include:

  • Michelle Bachelet – Former President of Chile
  • Enrico Letta – Former Premier of Italy
  • Cas Mudde – Expert on populism
  • Delia Ferreira – Chair of Transparency International


Register online here. Please note that spaces are limited. We therefore kindly recommend that you register early.  

You can find logistical information here.