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Populist rebellion against modernity in 21st-century Eastern Europe: neo-traditionalism and neo-feudalism

Populist rebellion against modernity in 21st-century Eastern Europe: neo-traditionalism and neo-feudalism

Objective

POPREBEL is an inter-disciplinary consortium of researchers focused on explaining and contextualising the recent rise of populism in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). While populism is a phenomenon that has by now emerged in almost every democracy, we believe that regional and cultural-historical dimensions need to be considered in order to improve not only scholarly knowledge, but also policy recommendations. It is urgent for Western Europeans to look into the CEE mirror, just as it is urgent for the CEE region to understand itself. To this end, we will create a typology of populism’s various manifestations, reconstruct trajectories of its growth and decline, investigate its causes, interpret its meanings, diagnose its consequences, and propose policy solutions.

Our focus is on CEE, but we engage in comparisons with populisms elsewhere, particularly Western Europe. While scholars from different disciplines have looked at populism, we argue that the full potential of interdisciplinary research has not been achieved yet. We draw on data and models from various disciplines and combine them into a rich study of forces at play. In addition to established methods of economics, sociology, and cultural studies, at the heart of our approach is a novel methodology whose essence is a large-scale, Europe-wide, multi-lingual online conversation. This is a listening exercise; its aim is a deep understanding of everyday life in Europe challenged by the rise of populism. The method to process this unique ethnographic material is semantic social network analysis.

POPREBEL relies on foresight/future studies, deep involvement with activists, policy makers, and civil society actors to boost the immune system of European democracy. We develop scenarios and share them with all interested parties to reflect, in public debate, on how well they fit both in the CEE region and the rest of Europe. Our focus is not just scholarly; the project serves as a platform for mutual learning.

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON

Address

Gower Street
Wc1e 6bt London

United Kingdom

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 685 453,75

Participants (6)

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UNIVERZITA KARLOVA

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 115 500

UNIWERSYTET JAGIELLONSKI

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 536 026,25

BUDAPESTI CORVINUS EGYETEM

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 408 501,25

TARTU ULIKOOL

Estonia

EU Contribution

€ 319 615

UNIVERZITET U BEOGRADU - Filozofski fakultet

Serbia

EU Contribution

€ 327 865

EDGERYDERS OU

Estonia

EU Contribution

€ 605 000

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 822682

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 January 2019

  • End date

    31 December 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.6.1.1.

H2020-EU.3.6.1.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 997 961,25

  • EU contribution

    € 2 997 961,25

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON

United Kingdom