The Thinking Lab on Populism is dealing with one of the fastest growing phenomena in current European politics. Well known in other parts of the world, such as Latin America, the concept of populism is still an unclear one. While many experts and journalists characterize very heterogenous political movements such as Podemos on the one hand, and far right protest movements like the German Alternative für Deutschland, as being populist, the Thinking Lab is benefiting from a broader view on the matter and will try to bring clarity in the debate.



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Populism at Paris Thinking Lab Summit

Opinions on Populism in the #DialogueOnEurope6 April 2017 | Anna Romandash, Demetrios Pogkas)

During the second Thinking Lab Summit in Paris, Orange Magazine spoke with Elena García Mañes and Filipe Santos Henrique. They talked about their stances on Populism in Europe.

Populism Thinking Lab Summit Analysis

Security Pivot Towards a Police State in France

Populisms' Slippery Slope5 February 2017
"Police Francaise - Policía francesa - F" (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) by Oscar in the middle

The first European Thinking Lab took place from 25-27 November in Lisbon. During the Summit, the contributors cooperated within their Thinking Lab and worked out brief policy proposals. Félix Blanc is engaged with the topic of a Security Pivot towards a Police State in France.

Populism in Eastern Europe

21 January 2017
"Jobbik flags" (CC BY-NC 2.0) by Leigh Phillips

Thwarting the Political Cleavages of Western Europe – What We Can Learn from Populists. Elena Marcela Coman outlines the historic trajectory and specific traits of populist movements in Eastern Europe.

Populism Analysis

On the Making of Trump – The Blind Spot That Created Him

Otto Scharmer analyses the factors underlying Trump's victory 17 January 2017
"Josh_eye" (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) by operationotter

According to Scharmer, three main divides within the United States contributed to the success of Donald Trump, which took many by surprise.

Populism Analysis

We Need Good Answers Now

DPZ Policy Fellow Hanno Burmester on the Election of Donald Trump11 January 2017 | Hanno Burmester
"Question the Answers" (CC BY 2.0) by walknboston

The helplessness of the left allows the triumph of the right. Five hypotheses on the election of Donald Trump

Populism Analysis

Thinking Lab’s Working Definition of Populism

21 November 2016 | Judith Rohde-Liebenau
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Populism is a political movement that can adapt to different ideologies and often emerges in times of (perceived) societal change. The concept is contested in the social sciences and there is no clear, universally applicable definition.

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Populism Analysis

Populism: Not Left, not Right, not an Alternative?

A symptom of a failing political culture15 November 2016 | Sophie Pornschlegel
"left/right" (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) by na.harii 

For a few years now, Western liberal democracies have seen the rise in populist parties on the far left and on the far right of the political spectrum, while mainstream parties do not seem to convince dissatisfied voters any more. Is populism an alternative to traditional left and right wing political parties, as most of them pretend to be?

Populism Spain Germany Analysis

Political Communication of Populist Parties: The cases of Podemos and AfD

The Digital Advantage and Social Media Authority of Populist Parties4 November 2016 | Elena García Mañes, Sophie Pornschlegel
"AfD Demonstration 30 August 2013 Marienp" (CC BY-SA 2.0) by Metropolico.org, "Podemos logo _DDC1888" (CC BY 2.0) by Abode of Chaos, Modified from originals

The Spanish party Podemos and the German “Alternative for Germany” could not be, apparently, more opposed. However, there is one thing which brings them together: They both successfully use digital communication to reach their electorate in new, unmediated ways.

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Populism Opinion

Feeling the Bern or Making America Great Again: What we can learn from populists in the 2017 US elections

Populist measures not only as a threat, but also as a potential for democracy within campaigning4 November 2016 | Sophie Pornschlegel, Hanno Burmester
"Bernie Sanders for President" (CC BY 2.0) by Phil Roeder, "Donald Trump as he exits the stage after" (CC BY 2.0) by markn3tel , / Desaturated from original

Politics need emotions. Campaigns need charismatic leaders representing hope. They need to come up with viable alternatives to the status quo. Democratic politicians cannot stay on the safe side. They need to get out there, explain their approaches, and to find new ways of talking to the voters. They need to have the courage to oppose those Trumps out there.

Populism

Introducing the Thinking Lab on Populism

15 "next generation" thinkers gathered to develop strategies for dealing with populism24 October 2016
First Meeting of the Thinking Lab on Populism on 29 June 2016 in Berlin © DPZ

The Thinking Lab on Populism is dealing with one of the fastest growing phenomena in current European politics. Well known in other parts of the world, such as Latin America, the concept of populism is still an unclear one. While many experts and journalists characterize very heterogenous political movements such as Podemos on the one hand, and far right protest movements like the German Alternative für Deutschland, as being populist, the Thinking Lab is benefiting from a broader view on the matter and will try to bring clarity into the debate.
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