Why are publics all over the world increasing their support for populist politicians, especially right-wing ones? Could this be related to the widespread globalization the world has experienced in the last thirty years? Globalization is a process by which national economies become integrated into the global economic system. At CASBS, Helen Milner will explore how international trade, investment, immigration as well as open capital markets and technological change have altered politics nationally by increasing inequality, insecurity, and interdependence. In turn, politicians on the far right and left have altered their appeals to target globalization and foreign influences of all sorts, as well as liberal democracy. The gravest concern is that this reaction to globalization undermines liberal democracy, which has been a force for peace, prosperity and human rights. Her research thus examines how globalization is changing domestic politics and in turn how these changes in domestic political coalitions are altering world politics.
Milner is the B.C. Forbes Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University and the director of the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance at Princeton’s School of Public and International Affairs. She has written extensively on the connections between domestic politics and international relations, trade and foreign aid, technological change and recently environmental politics. Milner was a CASBS fellow in 2001-02.
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