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Jennifer Fitzgerald, Marc Helbling and Rahsaan Maxwell, ‘The Political Divides That Are Transforming the EU’

March 20, 2019 at 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Social and political transformations are spreading across our globalized world, and especially in the EU. The economic model that led to growth, prosperity and stability in post-WWII Europe is no longer viable, and rising inequality is stoking social tensions. Long-held balances of power between center-left and center-right parties have been blown apart by rising populist parties. In 2019, it is no longer clear that the EU will continue to expand and prosper and in a few short weeks one of its largest members may be on its way to a Brexit. This panel brings together a stellar group of experts to explore some of the most pressing issues dividing the EU today including the rise of populism, political party breakdowns, and social and geographic divides that are rupturing nations from within.

Jennifer Fitzgerald is an associate professor of political science at the University of Colorado Boulder. A specialist in comparative political behavior, much of Fitzgerald’s work examines the ways in which social context shapes political attitudes and vote choice in advanced democratic societies. Marc Helbling is a professor in political sociology at the Department of Political Science at the University of Bamberg and a research fellow at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center where he has previously been head of the Emmy-Noether research group ‘Immigration Policies in Comparison’ (IMPIC). Rahsaan Maxwell is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The central question for his research is how national boundaries operate.

This event is sponsored by the Center for European Studies and co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.


March 20, 2019
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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FedEx Global Education Center, Room 4003
301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States


Center for European Studies