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Neo-authoritarianisms in Europe and the liberal democratic response

Objective

To protect the future of liberal democracy in Europe, we must first understand its challengers. AUTHLIB is a multidisciplinary project that aims to explore the varieties of neo-authoritarian, illiberal ideologies in Europe, their social, psychological and historical causes, their organisational background and their political implications. The study aims to capture the dynamics of ideological change in the European Union as a whole, but it will particularly focus on Poland, France, Italy, Hungary, Czechia, the United Kingdom and Austria.
We will map ideological configurations by analysing textual data and social media, and by organising surveys of citizens and experts. The mapping of ideological structures will be complemented by a study of emotional triggers and rhetorical strategies pursued by illiberal actors. The contemporary ideological configurations of illiberalism will be embedded within their historical-cultural context, and the study of ideas and preferences will be supplemented by investigation of illiberalism in power, and the co-operation of illiberal political actors. To develop interventions that effectively target these new challenges, AUTHLIB will define the normative limits for actions that democracies may take in their own defence. In order to identify the mechanisms behind the support of illiberalism, and the susceptibility of citizens towards changing their attitudes, we will conduct laboratory and online panel-based survey experiments.
Finally, in order to observe how ideological and emotional stimuli work in co-operative settings, we will set up deliberative fora, involving both ordinary citizens, ideological opponents, and individuals responsible for educating future generations and operating the intricate procedures of liberal democracy.
The research will provide policy-makers with a comprehensive toolbox to improve support for liberal democracy.

Coordinator

KOZEP-EUROPAI EGYETEM
Net EU contribution
€ 525 300,00
Address
Nador Utca 9
1051 Budapest
Hungary

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Region
Közép-Magyarország Budapest Budapest
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Participants (7)

Third-party

Legal entity other than a subcontractor which is affiliated or legally linked to a participant. The entity carries out work under the conditions laid down in the Grant Agreement, supplies goods or provides services for the action, but did not sign the Grant Agreement. A third party abides by the rules applicable to its related participant under the Grant Agreement with regard to eligibility of costs and control of expenditure.

CEU GMBH
Austria
Net EU contribution
€ 245 387,50
Address
Quellenstrasse 51
1100 Wien

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Region
Wien Wien
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
FONDATION NATIONALE DES SCIENCES POLITIQUES
France
Net EU contribution
€ 335 725,00
Address
Rue Saint Guillaume 27
75341 Paris Cedex 07

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Region
Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Paris
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
UNIVERZITA KARLOVA
Czechia
Net EU contribution
€ 261 878,75
Address
Ovocny Trh 560/5
116 36 Praha 1

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Region
Praha Hlavní město Praha
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
SCUOLA NORMALE SUPERIORE
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 194 850,00
Address
Piazza Dei Cavalieri 7
56126 Pisa

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Region
Centro (IT) Toscana Pisa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
SWPS UNIWERSYTET HUMANISTYCZNOSPOLECZNY
Poland
Net EU contribution
€ 429 252,50
Address
Ul. Chodakowska 19/31
03 815 Warszawa

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Region
Makroregion województwo mazowieckie Warszawski stołeczny Miasto Warszawa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
THE TRANSATLANTIC FOUNDATION
Belgium
Net EU contribution
€ 240 655,00
Address
Rue De La Loi 155
1040 Brussels

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Region
Région de Bruxelles-Capitale/Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest Région de Bruxelles-Capitale/ Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest Arr. de Bruxelles-Capitale/Arr. Brussel-Hoofdstad
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
UNIVERSITAT WIEN
Austria
Net EU contribution
€ 290 716,00
Address
Universitatsring 1
1010 Wien

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Region
Wien Wien
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,25