Ronald Inglehart

The Rise of Trump and Xenophobic Populist Parties

As part of the Campaign 2020 Lecture Series in the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts at Loyola Marymount University, University of Michigan Professor Ronald Inglehart discusses themes from "Cultural Backlash," the book he co-authored with Pippa Norris which also received the 2020 Global Policy Institute Book Award. He outlines how the postwar shift from materialist values to postmaterialist values has led to a growing emphasis on non-economic issues in politics. In recent elections, the working class was somewhat more likely to vote for the right - a reversal of classic patterns. This change coupled with declining incomes and job security, in context with a large flow of immigrants, has fueled support for xenophobic populist authoritarian movements such as Brexit, France's National Front, and Donald Trump's presidency./p>


Ronald Inglehart is the Lowenstein Professor of Political Science and a research professor at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. He is also co-director of the Laboratory for Comparative Social Research at the Higher School of Economics in St. Petersburg, Russia. Inglehart helped found the Euro-Barometer surveys and directs the World Values Survey, which has surveyed representative national samples of the publics of 97 countries containing almost 90 percent of the world’s population. His research deals with changing belief systems and their impact on social and political change. He has been a visiting professor or visiting scholar in France, Germany, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Brazil, Nigeria and New Zealand, and has served as a consultant to the U.S. State Department and the European Union. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Academy of Social and Political Science.