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Professor Simon Tormey, University of Bristol

Talk by Professor Simon Tormey on Populism: “No Going Back? Late Modernity and the Populisation of Politics”


Thursday 22nd June 2023, 17:30-19:00

Knightly Building, University of Exeter

Talk by Professor Simon Tormmey (University of Bristol)

 “No Going Back? Late Modernity and the Populisation of Politics”


In his talk, Simon Tormey takes up the challenge concerning the nature or ontology of populism, developing a sociological approach that seeks to locate populism within the wider processes and tendencies associated with late modernity.

His talk will be at the end of the first day of the Conference on “Decentralized Federalism in Anarchist Political Thought” organized by Alex Prichard and Melis Kirtilli, and funded by the James Maddison Charitable Trust, with a contribution from our Centre.


Professor Simon Tormey works in the fields of political theory, European politics, social critique and continental thought. He was appointed to the post of Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law at the University of Bristol in 2019. Prior to this appointment, in 2009 Simon was appointed as the inaugural Head of the newly created School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Sydney. Previously he had been Head of the School of Politics and International Relations and founding Director of the Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice (CSSGJ) at the University of Nottingham in the UK.

Simon is the author of numerous books and articles, which are listed below. His most recent books are The End of Representative Politics (Cambridge: Polity, 2015), The Refiguring of Democracy (London: Routledge, 2017), and Populism (Oxford: Oneworld, 2019).

His current research concerns the nature of the crisis confronting democratic societies, the rise of populist and outsider movements and parties, and the impact of ICT and new social media on participation and mobilisation.

Date: 20 June 2023