The Belgian political scientist and post-Marxist is best known for her contribution to the development – jointly with Ernesto Laclau – of the Essex school of discourse analysis that focuses on redefining theories of identity and politics of the Left. Mouffe has undertaken extensive research on the rise of right-wing populism in Europe. She is currently teaching at the University of Westminster in the United Kingdom, where she directs the Centre for the Study of Democracy.
Paula Diehl is a political scientist who works for the Humboldt University Berlin. Her focus lies on political theory and sociology, as well as representation, populism and national socialism.
Daan Welling studies law at Leiden University and has a special interested in public international law and arbitration. He is also a Dutch and European debating champion with a keen interest in matters of public policy and is a debating and rhetoric coach for numerous schools and university teams in the Netherlands. His ideas and analysis can be found on his blog.
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