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A conversation about populism as possibly a new form of representative government.

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As the first in our webinar series for 2021, Professor Nadia Urbinati* will discuss her book Me The People: How Populism Transforms Democracy (Harvard University Press, 2019).

In this book, Urbinati argues that populism should be regarded as a new form of representative government, one based on a direct relationship between the leader and those the leader defines as the 'good' or 'right' people.

Weaving together theoretical analysis, the history of political thought, and current affairs, Me the People presents an original and illuminating account of populism and its relation to democracy. The book received the Capalbio International Award in 2020.

To discuss the ideas that she advances in the book, the panel in conversation with Professor Urbinati will be the leaders of our research project, Associate Professor Adam Czarnota and Professor Martin Krygier, both of the University of New South Wales Faculty of Law & Justice, and Professor Wojciech Sadurski of the University of Sydney Law School.

This seminar is jointly hosted by the Network for Interdisciplinary Studies of Law and the ARC Discovery Grant research project, Constitutional Populism: Friend or Foe of Constitutional Democracy? (read more about the project)

Please note that participation is free, but registration is essential to access this webinar.

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We greatly appreciate the assistance and cooperation of all in noting that:

- the event is open only to registered participants (max. 100);

- a link will be sent after registration, so please allow time for processing ahead of the seminar time slot; and

- the session will be recorded, and the recording made available at a later date via the project web site.

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* Nadia Urbinati is the Kyriakos Tsakopoulos Professor of Political Theory at Columbia University, New York. In addition to Me The People, her many books include The Tyranny of the Moderns (Yale University Press, 2015) and Democracy Disfigured: Opinion, Truth and the People (Harvard University Press, 2014).

She is also the author of numerous articles in academic journals, more recently on the crisis of democracy, political parties and antidemocratic ideologies, and is a columnist for leading Italian newspapers.

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