Harvard Law's Upcoming Conference on Populist Foreign Leaders

By Matthew Kahn
Thursday, September 7, 2017, 4:00 PM

On Saturday, September 23, Harvard Law School, with the Stigler Center at the University of Chicago, will host a one-day conference on "populist plutocrats": leaders who capitalize on anti-elite sentiment to win office but once elected, appear interested primarily in enriching themselves and their close allies.

The conference will feature panels examining foreign leaders that fit the bill: former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, former Philippine President Joseph Estrada, former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori, and South African President Jacob Zuma.

Speakers will include professors, politicians, and journalists. The conference is free and open to the public. Register here.