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The Global Rise of Populism

Friday, June 7, 2019

12:00 noon
Legends at Bennett Valley Golf Club
3328 Yulupa Ave, Santa Rosa

Reservations Closed                                                                    Contact us to be added to the Wait List

Italian Buffet Luncheon
Members $29 Non-members $39

Anna Grzymala-Busse, political science scholar and professor at Stanford


Populism is rising in both in developed and developing democracies. Why? How is it a problem?

Most analysts agree that populist movements around the world are being stoked by two big trends: large scale immigration and the threat of a collapsing domestic labor market. But another important factor driving populism is the voters’ loss of faith in the established, mainstream politicians. This situation has opened new opportunities for populists—and they have taken advantage of them.

Populism corrodes democratic values such as free speech, tolerance of the opposition, and forbearance. It also threatens democracy because it attacks the “others,” e.g., immigrants, members of another party, and so on. Divisiveness and intolerance are the result.

Once in power, populist governments often attack democratic institutions such as independent courts and free media, and divide society into “good” supporters and “traitorous” opponents. That’s when the problems really start.

Our speaker, Anna Grzymala-Busse, is an expert in political science. She will help us take a good look at the causes and effects of populism, its different forms and its rise around the world. In particular she will focus on political parties, institutions, and values. Her perspective will get you thinking!

About Professor Grzymala-Busse

Professor Grzymala-Busse is the Kevin and Michelle Douglas Professor of International Studies and Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford, and the director of the Global Populisms Project.
Professor Grzymala-Busse is an accomplished scholar of political science. Her research focuses on political parties, state development and transformation, religion and politics, and post-communist politics. She earned her PhD from Harvard; Masters from Cambridge; and an AB from Princeton.

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U.S. Economic Sanctions:  Their Legal Framework and Actual Economic Impact

Thursday, June 20, 2019

7:30 p.m., Spring Lake Village Auditorium
5555 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa
Members & SLV residents: No Charge                      Nonmembers: $5

Florence Bouvet, Professor of Economics, Sonoma State University; Co-Chair, Economic Interest Section, European Studies Association

Dr. Bouvet will first present the legal texts (U.S. and international laws) that the U.S. has used to impose economic sanctions on other countries, focusing on the post-WWII period. She will discuss the intent of these sanctions and present their actual economic impact on the countries targeted by these sanctions.

Our speaker’s research interests are in the areas of European economic integration, economic inequality, economic voting, and international economics. Her recent works have been published in journals including Applied Economics, Electoral Studies, China Economic Review, Economic Modelling, Journal of Common Market Studies, Journal of Economic Inequality, Région et Développement, Journal of Chinese Economic and Business Studies, and Modern Economy. Originally from France, Dr. Bouvet received her B.A. and M.A. from the Political Science Institute of Paris (Science-Po) and her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Davis.

Dave Slifer, Sponsor

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