Populist Plutocrats Conference–Reminder

This is just a quick reminder, for those who are interested, that the Harvard Law School conference on “Populist Plutocrats: Lessons from Around the World” (co-sponsored by the University of Chicago’s Stigler Center) is happening tomorrow, September 23, starting at 9 am (Eastern Time). The full conference agenda and speaker list is here, and for convenience I’ll also include it in this post after the break. If you’re interested in the event but can’t make it in person, you can catch the live stream here. The event will also be video-recorded, and I plan to post links to some of the videos (along with some commentary) over the next couple of weeks.

Also, in case any of you would like a bit more background, this morning the Harvard Gazette ran a short interview with me about the conference and what motivated me to organize it. (Spoiler: The main motivation rhymes with “Ronald Grump.”)

Here’s the full program and speaker list:

8:30 a.m. – 9 a.m. Coffee
9 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks
John Manning (Dean, Harvard Law School)
9:15 a.m. – 11 a.m. Understanding Populist Plutocracy 1: Berlusconi in Italy

Giovanni Orsina (Professor of History, Luiss-Carli University)
Beppe Severgnini (journalist and columnist, Corriere della Sera)
Luigi Zingales (Professor, University of Chicago Booth School of Business)

11 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Coffee Break
11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Understanding Populist Plutocracy 2: Thaksin in Thailand

Abhisit Vejjajiva (Prime Minister of Thailand 2008-2011; Leader of the Democrat Party)
Duncan McCargo (Professor of Political Science, University of Leeds)

Moderator: Alan Wirzbicki (senior editorial writer, Boston Globe)

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch Break
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Resisting Populist Plutocracy 1: Investigative Journalism in Estrada’s Philippines

Panelist: Sheila Coronel (Professor, Columbia Journalism School)

Moderator: David Sanger (national security correspondent, New York Times)

2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Coffee Break
2:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Resisting Populist Plutocracy 2: Legal Checks in Fujimori’s Peru and Zuma’s South Africa

Paul Holden (Director of Investigations, Corruption Watch UK)
Jose Ugaz (Chair of the Board, Transparency International)

Moderator: Matthew Stephenson (Professor, Harvard Law School)

4:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. Concluding Remarks
Matthew Stephenson and Luigi Zingales
5 p.m. – 6 p.m. Reception (coffee and light snacks)

Speaker List

    • Sheila Coronel, Toni Stabile Professor of Professional Practice in Investigative Journalism, Director of the Toni Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism, and Dean of Academic Affairs, Columbia Journalism School
      Founder of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism
    • Paul Holden, Director of Investigations at Corruption Watch UK
      Co-author of Who Rules South Africa (Jonathan Ball, 2012)
    • Duncan McCargo, Professor of Political Science, School of Politics and International Studies, University of Leeds. Author of The Thaksinization of Thailand (NIAS, 2004)
    • Giovanni Orsina, Professor of History, Deputy Director of the School of Government, Director of the Master in European Studies, Luiss-Guido Carli University. Author of Berlusconism and Italy (Palgrave, 2014)
    • David E. Sanger, National Security Correspondent, New York Times
    • Beppe Severgnini, Journalist and Columnist, Corriere della Sera
    • Matthew Stephenson, Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
    • Jose Ugaz, Chair of the Board, Transparency International. Former Ad Hoc State Attorney of Peru, prosecuted Alberto Fujimori and Vladimiro Montesinos
    • Abhisit Vejjajiva, Leader of the Democrat Party, Former Prime Minister of Thailand
    • Alan Wirzbicki, Senior editorial writer, Boston Globe
    • Luigi Zingales, Robert C. McCormack Distinguished Service Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance, University of Chicago Booth School of Business

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