World-renowned political professor to speak at Griffith workshop

Professor Tim Bale. Photo: ESRC Party Members Project

An award-winning expert in conservative and right-wing politics will explore the rise and growth of populism at a Griffith University event in Brisbane this week.

Professor Tim Bale – the author of several books on contemporary European politics, and Professor of Politics at London’s Queen Mary University – will give the keynote address at the Populist and Mainstream Parties Workshop on Wednesday 18 July.

In what will be a wide-ranging, insightful examination of one of international politics’ most topical issues, Professor Bale will canvass the question of whether and how conventional politics has helped, and continues to help, enable the populist wave washing across the world.

“Not only is Tim one of the foremost experts in his field, but he’s one of the most captivating presenters I’ve seen,” Professor Duncan McDonnell, of Griffith Business School’s School of Government and International Relations, said.

“As the author or co-author of more than 60 publications since 2008, not to mention previous writings, and the bearer of a broad resume across the media, Tim has both the presence and the proficiency to deliver a fascinating contribution.

“We’re thrilled to be welcoming such a well-regarded figure to Brisbane to add to what will be a major workshop on populist parties, featuring leading experts from across the globe.”

Professor Bale’s academic career spans more than two decades, and – prior to his work at Queen Mary – has seen him teach at institutions such as Sheffield University, Victoria University of Wellington and Sussex University.

He has won awards both for his teaching (Bernard Crick Prize for Outstanding Teaching, Political Studies Association, 2008) and writing (W.J.M. Mackenzie Prize, The Conservative Party from Thatcher to Cameron, 2011), and was the author of a textbook, European Politics: A Comparative Introduction, which saw its 4th edition released last year.

See below for more information about the Populist and Mainstream Parties Workshop.

DATE: Wednesday, 18 July 2018
TIME: 5pm for 5.30pm
VENUE: Ship Inn Function Space, Sidon Street, S06, Level 2, Entrance Via Griffith Graduate Centre (Building S07), South Bank, Brisbane

Event is free but registration is essential. Please RSVP to a.macdonald@griffith.edu.au.