The Tribalization of Europe: A defense of our liberal values

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Tuesday, March 31st, 2020

Tuesday, March 31, 202012:00PM - 2:00PM208N, North House, 1 Devonshire Place, Toronto, ON, M5S 3K7
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University of Copenhagen’s Professor and Director of the Centre for European Politics Marlene Wind will present her new book “The Tribalization of Europe. A defense of our liberal values” , which is forthcoming in Polity Press in April 2020. Here is a summary and praise for the book:

Tribalization is a global megatrend in today’s world. The election of Donald Trump, the Brexit vote, populist movements like Catalan separatism – together with democratic backsliding in Central and Eastern Europe – are all examples of tribalization. Fueled by anti-globalism and identity politics, tribalization is pulling up the drawbridge to the world. It is putting cultural differences before dialogue, collaboration, and universal liberal values.

But tribalism is a dangerous road to go down. With it, argues Marlene Wind, we have put democracy itself in danger. Tribalism is not just about being pro-nation, anti-EU, and anti-global. It is in many instances a bigger and more fundamental movement that casts aside the liberal democratic principles we once held in common.

At a time when former defenders of liberal values are increasingly silent or even have joined the growing chorus of tribalists, this book is a wake-up call. Drawing on a wide range of examples from the UK and the US to Spain, Hungary, and Poland, Wind highlights the dangers of identity politics and calls on people to stand up for democracy and the rule of law.”

“The Tribalization of Europe is a hard-headed analysis of the turn toward narrow populist nationalism, as well as an impassioned defense of the liberal values needed to sustain a democratic political future.” — Francis Fukuyama, Stanford University

“Marlene Wind has written an eloquent, magisterial and compelling warning: the degradation of democracy to extreme majoritarianism and adherence to the tribe (even if a tribe of citizens) fundamentally questions our common democratic values.” — Carlos Closa, European University Institute


Larysa Iarovenko


Marlene Wind
Professor, Department of Political Science, and Director of the Centre for European Politics, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Francisco Beltran
Lecturer, CERES, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, moderator.

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