Political scientist David M. Wineroither, DEMOS researcher at the Centre for Social Sciences of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, wrote an op-ed for the Austrian national daily Der Standard. In his piece, Wineroither summarizes the structural inability for collective leadership on behalf of British Tory Brexiteers—a feature to characterize both the political ascendancy of Boris Johnson and populists in the majority of countries on the continent
The Centre for Social Sciences (CSS) launches a call for applications for inviting internationally acclaimed foreign researchers for a period of 1–8 months to conduct research in Hungary.
Theories, Methods, and Interpretations
Editors: Rudas, Tamás, Péli, Gábor
Trump is not that much of a populist - Levente Littvay on Collaboration with the Guardian and Populism
DEMOS interviews Levente Littvay, Professor of Political Science, Central European University (CEU) and member of the Team Populism on collaboration between academics and the Guardian, which has published a series of evidence-based articles on populism. Littvay also spoke about his research on populism, populist discourse, and the CEU Comparative Populism Project
Jose Maria Castellà, professor at the University of Barcelona and leader of the Spanish team in DEMOS, said that the use and abuse of referenda on any subject in contemporary democracies are typical of populist parties. “These parties tend to claim that institutions of representative democracy are not representing the so called true people, and present their political action as a direct enactment of people’s will,” Castella, also a member of the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe, told “Expansión”, Spain’s leading business newspaper. The interview, on the rise and impacts of populist politics in Europe, came out on the eve of Spain’s elections.
DEMOS project leader Zsolt Boda interviews Andrew Arato on the impacts of populism on democratic life and its relationship with authoritarianism and well-fare state.
“Human Rights of Asylum Seekers in Italy and Hungary: Influence of International and EU Law on Domestic Actions” has just been published
DEMOS Leader Zsolt Boda Says "Populism Challenges Institutions of Liberal Democracies"
Populism is a complex term usually carrying a negative connotation, often associated with leaders who criticize the elite—be it political, academic or scientific—that their citizens view, and react to, with skepticism. Scholars have tried to define the term and label parties and politicians as such, but the H2020 Research and Innovation Action project DEMOS seeks to go beyond that, taking into account both the individual level, psychological roots of populist attitudes and describing the features and consequences of populist governance. In an interview for the Hungarian radio channel Civil Rádió on March 6, Zsolt Boda, the leader of DEMOS, spoke about the goals of the project. One of them is to cover populism through multiple manifestations across Europe and beyond, shedding light on its varieties, how populism relates to specific cultural contexts, and how different social actors react to the challenges of populism.
We have a new vacancy in the Institute! The Institute for Political Sciences is seeking to fill a full-time vacancy for a junior research fellow in the area of emotions and politics. Details are below.
Central European Societies on the Map of Europe
A thematic issue dedicated to the European Social Survey’s Central European data
16 February, 2021
By Andrea Crescenzi and Réka Friedery
J. Aidukate – S. Saxonberg – D. Szelewa – D. Szikra. (2021) Social policy in the face of a global pandemic: Policy responses to the COVID‐19 crisis in Central and Eastern Europe
Hajdu, Tamás – Hajdu, Gábor (2021) Post-conception heat exposure increases clinically unobserved pregnancy losses
9 April, 2020
Written by Márton Varju, published by Routledge
Book panel on Christopher McCrudden’s “Litigating Religions – An Essay on Human Rights, Courts, and Beliefs”
Written by Melanie Kay Smith (Institute for Social Sciences)
1 April, 2019
No Sword Bites So Fiercly as an Evil Tongue? Gossip Wrecks Reputation, but Enhances Cooperation (EVILTONGUE)
An introduction with video to the project funded by the European Research Council