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Alpbach Lab 03: Democratic Stress, the Populist Signal and Extremist Threat: Regenerating Europe’s Politics Through ‘Contact Democracy’ and Statecraft

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Hauptschule
Breakout / Lab
english language

The rise of populism seen across Europe and the US is exposing old and hidden fault-lines in democratic systems. Populists are routinely dismissed as protest parties, clowns and flashes in the pan . In fact, real demand exists for Europe s populists and they must be seen as serious challenger movements that the established parties ignore at their peril. This Lab will identify where mainstream politics has failed to date. The core question for the Lab will be: how can we regenerate a notion of contact democracy as a means of refreshing democracies that have become tired and stressed?

Director Policy and Strategy, RSA - Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, London

Anthony PAINTER

Director Policy and Strategy, RSA - Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, London

2000 Project Leader, Policy Network
2000-2002 Director, Urbanity
2002-2003 Director, Political Division, The Communication Group plc
2003-2008 Founder and Director, Jefferson Communications
2008-2013 Freelance Researcher, Writer, Strategy Consultant and Commentator

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