During this recorded webinar, Dr. Pula highlights some key trends about the nationalist and populist movement in Europe:
- Economic growth alone is not the antidote to nationalism – Andrej Babis’ victory in the Czech elections indicates that the populist wave has not spared this relatively successful democracy and market economy.
- Europe has few tools to quell nationalist movements in countries -- The ruling nationalist leaders in Hungary and Poland are able to take illiberal and anti-democratic steps within their countries and the EU has limited ways to sanction such activities.
- Nationalist leaders pose a threat to EU reform – Leaders such as Andrej Babis, Victor Orban in Hungary and Jaroslaw Kaczynski in Poland have stirred trouble for German chancellor Angela Merkel and French president Emmanuel Macron and their plans to implement reforms within the EU.
Besnik Pula is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at Virginia Tech’s College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.
Professor Pula’s research interests lie in the comparative political economy of developing countries, post-communist transformations, and the social and institutional impacts of globalization. His current interests include issues of European integration and what those processes have meant for both regional economies in Europe as well as the global political economy more generally.
Professor Pula has been published in scholarly journals, including Political Power and Social Theory, and Theory and Society; and has contributed chapters to several books.
He received his bachelor's degree from Hunter College of the City University of New York, a master's degree from Georgetown University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. Prior to joining the faculty at Virginia Tech, he was a postdoctoral scholar at Princeton University.
His book, Globalization Under and After Socialism: The Evolution of Transnational Capital in Central and Eastern Europe, will be published by Stanford University Press in 2018.