Populism and Economics

To be held on Tuesday, July 11, 2018


  • Charles Dumas (TS Lombard)

  • David Goodhart (Policy Exchange)



Charles Dumas is chief economist at TS Lombard, formerly Lombard St. Research which he joined in 1998 following spells at The Economist, GM Europe and JPMorgan. He is the author of Globalisation Fractures (2010) and, among other books, The Bill from the China Shop (2006).

His latest book (published this month) is Populism and Economics, which addresses the surge in populism on both sides of the Atlantic from the standpoint of middle to lower-income voters – and the losses in real incomes that they have incurred in the last dozen or so years. Charles argues that, while globalisation and new technology have boosted overall income and wealth, both they and the policies to support recovery from the great recession have also created injustices between and within individual nations and regions.

This is a not-unfamiliar refrain – and it is one that we have heard before from David Goodhart, whose book The Road to Somewhere (2017) remains one of the most influential analyses of the contemporary political malaise that has produced ‘Brexit’, Trump and a resurgence of European nationalism. I am, therefore, delighted that David has agreed to kick off the discussion of Charles’s book.

If you (or a colleague) would like to join us for what I am sure will be a lively and stimulating discussion, please let us know as soon as possible by emailing alex@csfi.org or by calling the Centre on 02076211056. As usual, there will be plenty of wine and sandwiches.

Sincerely yours,

Andrew Hilton