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Populism And Civic Engagement – a fine-grained, dynamic, context-sensitive and forward-looking response to negative populist tendencies

Objective

Across Europe there is a rise of political movements that claim to challenge liberal elites and speak for the 'ordinary person' - movements that can be loosely categorised as 'populist'. Many of these movements have undesirable tendencies. The Populism and Civic Engagement project (PACE), with others, aims to combat the negative tendencies of populist movements, to build upon the lessons of positive examples (such as Reykjavik), and hence play a part in constructing a firmer democratic and institutional foundation for the citizens of Europe.

PACE will analyse, in detail, the type, growth and consequences of such movements in terms of their particular characteristics and context. From this, it will analyse the causes of these movements and their specific challenges to liberal democracy a possibilistic analysis to complement survey/statistical approaches. In particular, it will focus on transitions in these movements (especially changes in leadership) as well as how they relate to other kinds of movements and the liberal reaction. PACE will propose responses to these challenges, developing risk-analyses for each kind of response, each kind of movement and the type of transition. For this, it will employ the agent-based simulation of political processes and attitudes to allow for thorough risk analyses to be made. Throughout the project, it will engage with citizens and policy actors, especially groups under-represented in public affairs, face-face and via new forms of democratic participation appropriate to our digital age to help guide the project and to comment on its outputs.

It will develop new tools, based on machine-learning algorithms for identifying and tracking populist narratives and to aid online consultation. It will result in specific interventions aimed at: the public, politicians, activists and educators. It will look further into the future, developing new visions concerning how we could respond to populism and it will warn about longer-term trends.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/political science/government systems/democracy
  • /social sciences/educational sciences/pedagogy/teaching

Call for proposal

H2020-SC6-GOVERNANCE-2018
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

THE MANCHESTER METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY
Address
Oxford Road All Saints Building
M15 6BH Manchester
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 431 681,25

Participants (8)

REYKJAVIKURBORG
Iceland
EU contribution
€ 326 875
Address
Tjarnargotu 11 Radhusi Reykjavikur
101 Reykjavik
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
FONDATSIYA TSENTAR ZA LIBERALNI STRATEGII
Bulgaria
EU contribution
€ 260 162,50
Address
21/A Patriarh Evtimii Str Floor 2
1142 Sofia
Activity type
Research Organisations
PARIS-LODRON-UNIVERSITAT SALZBURG
Austria
EU contribution
€ 379 312,50
Address
Kapitelgasse 4-6
5020 Salzburg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET DRESDEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 332 902,50
Address
Helmholtzstrasse 10
01069 Dresden
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
THE DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY AISBL
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 394 812,50
Address
Avenue De La Brabanconne 107
1000 Bruxelles
Activity type
Other
TRILATERAL RESEARCH LIMITED
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 309 562,50
Address
Fdw House Blackthorn Business Park Coes Road
Dundalk Louth
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO
Finland
EU contribution
€ 263 312,50
Address
Yliopistonkatu 3
00014 Helsingin Yliopisto
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
IBUAR - SAMRADSLYDRAEDI SES
Iceland
EU contribution
€ 299 937,50
Address
Vegmula 2
108 Reykjavik
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)