Can inclusive growth provide an answer to rising populism?

Liberal Democrats Party Conference Fringe Event

The political upheavals of the past two years have triggered a heated debate about the root causes of populism. Some insist that local economic growth and regional inequalities are key to understanding popular disenchantment, while others emphasise political shifts or cultural resentment. What can history teach us about the relationship between lack of opportunities and a rise in populism? Is inclusive growth the panacea or just one piece of the puzzle and what can be done at a local level to address global challenges?


Date and time

Monday 17th September, 8.00 am


Hilton Brighton Metropole

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  • Chair: Dame Julie Mellor DBE
  • Wera Hobhouse MP, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Housing, Communities and Local Government
  • Charlotte Alldritt, Director, Centre for Progressive Policy
  • Sunder Katwala, Director British Futures
  • Sacha Hilhorst, Researcher, Demos


If you have any questions about this event, please contact the events team via email; [email protected]

This is a partner event with the Centre for Progressive Policy.