Corruption,  the Rise of Populism,  and the Future of Democracy with megaphone

March 31, 2022 | 5:30 P.M.

What is the link between corruption, anti-corruption campaigns, and the rise of populism? What conditions create an opening for autocratic-leaning, populist leaders to challenge democratic systems? In a timely discussion, expert guests explored the challenges that corruption and populism pose to good governance and democracy. WorldCanvass took place from 5:30-7 p.m. (CDT), March 31, at MERGE, 136 South Dubuque Street.

This was the lead-off event of a three-day symposium, Corruption, the Rise of Populism, and the Future of Democracy (March 31-April 2), developed by faculty in the Department of Political Science with support from a Major Projects grant from International Programs. Major Projects funding is provided by the Stanley-University of Iowa Foundation Support Organization. All events are free and open to the public.


5:30 – 6:00 p.m.

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  • Marina Zaloznaya—associate professor, Departments of Sociology and Political Science, University of Iowa
  • Monica Prasad—professor, Department of Sociology, Northwestern University
  • Marco Garrido—associate professor, Department of Sociology, University of Chicago

6:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Rise of Populism

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  • Marko Klasnja—assistant professor, School of Foreign Service and the Department of Government, Georgetown University
  • Kurt Weyland—professor, College of Liberal Arts, University of Texas, Austin
  • Caroline Tolbert—professor, Department of Political Science, University of Iowa

6:30 – 7:00 p.m.
The Future of Democracy

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  • Maria Popova—associate professor, Department of Political Science, McGill University
  • Matthew Light—associate professor, Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies, University of Toronto
  • Bill Reisinger—professor, Department of Political Science, University of Iowa

Media Coverage

Press-Citizen - Opinion: Corruption eats away at democratic institutions around the world Corruption, Populism, and the Future of Democracy, by Marina Zaloznaya, associate professor of sociology and political science at the University of Iowa

The video recording of WorldCanvass is available here and on YouTube.  In addition, audio podcasts of all WorldCanvass programs can be found on iTunes and the Public Radio Exchange (PRX). University of Iowa International Programs produces the series in partnership with MERGE, 136 South Dubuque Street. Audio production is provided by Kyle Marxen.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Amy Green in advance at or 319-335-1433.