Power to the People? Lessons from Europe's Populist Turn

Class Dates

October 07, 2020 to November 04, 2020

Meeting Days

Wednesdays, 10 AM -12 PM


Online Course



Course Instructor(s)

Join Political Science Professor Paulette Kurzer, a specialist in European politics, as she examines the rise of radical rightwing populist parties. Virtually all (West) European countries nowadays possess a rightwing populist party, defined as a political group that claims to represent the people against the elite and espouses nationalist, anti-immigration, and anti-EU rhetoric. This course will explore why rightwing populism has spread in Europe since the early 2000s. We will compare the political dynamics in three West European countries: France, Germany, and the Netherlands. Special attention will be given to the domestic electoral system and how this enables (or not) the rise of anti-establishment challenger parties.  In our final meeting, we will discuss whether Covid-19 has or will arrest the growth and appeal of rightwing populism.  

Students do not need any prior knowledge.

Attendance & Participation

This course will be delivered via the University of Arizona Zoom platform. The five different class sessions will be LIVE ONLINE and will be recorded. The recordings will be shared with registered students after each session to facilitate access for those who cannot make the live sessions.


Online registration for this course is now openAfter registration participants will receive instructions about how to access the course online. 


Refunds are available and need to be requested before or by October 13. To drop a class, please contact Kerstin Miller at 520-621-5111 or sbs-communitymatters@email.arizona.edu. A $25 administrative fee for each cancellation will apply.