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Democratic Efficacy and the Varieties of Populism in Europe

Objective

DEMOS is built on the assumption that populism is symptomatic of a disconnect between how democratic polities operate and how citizens perceive their own aspirations, needs and identities within the political system. As such, DEMOS explores the practical value of ’democratic efficacy’ as the condition of political engagement needed to address the challenge of populism. The concept combines attitudinal features (political efficacy), political skills, knowledge, and democratic opportunity structures.

In order to better understand populism DEMOS addresses its hitherto under-researched aspects at micro-, meso-, and macro-levels: its socio-psychological roots, social actors’ responses to the populist challenge, and populism’s effects on governance. DEMOS focuses not only on the polity, but equally on citizens’ perspectives: how they are affected by, and how they react to, populism. Politically underrepresented groups and those targeted by populist politics are a particular focus, e.g. youth, women, and migrants. As populism has varying socially embedded manifestations, DEMOS aims at contextualising it through comparative analysis on the variety of populisms across Europe, including their historical, cultural, and socioeconomic roots, manifestations, and impacts. DEMOS develops indicators and predictors of populism and elaborates scenarios on the interactions of populism with social actors and institutions both at the national and the EU levels.

Unifying 15 partners from 10 disciplines, DEMOS combines in-depth research on populism and democratic efficacy with action research and pilot projects in order to develop lasting tools and timely policy recommendations; project methods include experiments, deliberative polling, text mining, surveys, and legal analysis. DEMOS places strong emphasis on communication and productive interactions with a variety of stakeholders throughout the project, including policymakers, journalists, students, and the general public.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/sociology/social problems/migration
  • /social sciences/sociology/governance
  • /social sciences/media and communications/journalism

Call for proposal

H2020-SC6-GOVERNANCE-2018
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

TARSADALOMTUDOMANYI KUTATOKOZPONT
Address
Toth Kalman U 4
1097 Budapest
Hungary
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 368 375

Participants (15)

UNIVERSITAET HAMBURG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 382 625
Address
Mittelweg 177
20148 Hamburg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIWERSYTET IM. ADAMA MICKIEWICZA W POZNANIU
Poland
EU contribution
€ 108 187,50
Address
Ul. Henryka Wieniawskiego 1
61712 Poznan
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
KAUNO TECHNOLOGIJOS UNIVERSITETAS
Lithuania
EU contribution
€ 120 031,25
Address
K Donelaicio 73
44029 Kaunas
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Elliniko Idryma Evropaikis kai Exoterikis Politikis (HELLENIC FOUNDATION FOR EUROPEAN AND FOREIGN POLICY)
Greece
EU contribution
€ 172 250
Address
Vasilissis Sofias Avenue 49
106 76 Athens
Activity type
Research Organisations
SKOLA KOMUNIKACIE A MEDII NO
Slovakia
EU contribution
€ 104 062,50
Address
Handlovska 45
851 01 Bratislava
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITET ZA POSLOVNI INZENJERINGI MENADZMENT
Bosnia and Herzegovina
EU contribution
€ 65 000
Address
Despota Stefana Lazarevica Bb
78000 Banja Luka
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERZITA KARLOVA
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 117 500
Address
Ovocny Trh 560/5
116 36 Praha 1
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EUROPEAN CITIZEN ACTION SERVICE
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 286 250
Address
Avenue De La Toison D Or 77
1060 Bruxelles
Activity type
Other
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TORINO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 211 250
Address
Via Giuseppe Verdi 8
10124 Torino
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
THE GLASGOW CALEDONIAN UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 331 760
Address
Cowcaddens Road, City Campus 70
G4 0BA Glasgow
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 331 625
Address
Spui 21
1012WX Amsterdam
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 149 375
Address
Norregade 10
1165 Kobenhavn
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITAT DE BARCELONA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 202 037,50
Address
Gran Via De Les Corts Catalanes 585
08007 Barcelona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITE PARIS I PANTHEON-SORBONNE

Participation ended

France
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Place Du Pantheon 12
75231 Paris
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITE DE LORRAINE
France
EU contribution
€ 87 452,50
Address
Cours Leopold 34
54052 Nancy Cedex
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments