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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.
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Coordinator

MAGYAR TUDOMANYOS AKADEMIA TARSADALOMTUDOMANYI KUTATOKOZPONT

Address

Toth Kalman U 4
1097 Budapest

Hungary

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 368 375

Participants (14)

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UNIVERSITAET HAMBURG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 382 625

UNIWERSYTET IM. ADAMA MICKIEWICZA W POZNANIU

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 108 187,50

KAUNO TECHNOLOGIJOS UNIVERSITETAS

Lithuania

EU Contribution

€ 120 031,25

Elliniko Idryma Evropaikis kai Exoterikis Politikis (HELLENIC FOUNDATION FOR EUROPEAN AND FOREIGN POLICY)

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 172 250

SKOLA KOMUNIKACIE A MEDII NO

Slovakia

EU Contribution

€ 104 062,50

UNIVERSITET ZA POSLOVNI INZENJERINGI MENADZMENT

Bosnia and Herzegovina

EU Contribution

€ 65 000

UNIVERZITA KARLOVA

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 117 500

EUROPEAN CITIZEN ACTION SERVICE

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 286 250

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TORINO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 211 250

THE GLASGOW CALEDONIAN UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 331 760

UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 331 625

KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 149 375

UNIVERSITAT DE BARCELONA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 202 037,50

UNIVERSITE PARIS I PANTHEON-SORBONNE

France

EU Contribution

€ 87 452,50

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 822590

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 December 2018

  • End date

    30 November 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.6.1.1.

H2020-EU.3.6.1.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 037 781,25

  • EU contribution

    € 3 037 781,25

Coordinated by:

MAGYAR TUDOMANYOS AKADEMIA TARSADALOMTUDOMANYI KUTATOKOZPONT

Hungary