The Thinking Lab on Populism is dealing with one of the fastest growing phenomena in current European politics. The Lab members are working together to identify common features of so-called populist movements, to analyse the root causes of populism in Europe and to present solutions and policy recommendations to strategically tackle illiberal populism.



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Thinking Labs POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS Results

Final results of the Thinking Labs online!

Check out the four policy briefs21 March 2018 | Contributors to the DIALOGUE ON EUROPE
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Over the course of the last two years, civil society experts and practitioners from across Europe gathered in four DIALOGUE ON EUROPE Thinking Labs to deliver fresh ideas and to independently elaborate concrete policy recommendations on four European key areas: Migration & Integration, Populism, Social Cohesion, and Sustainable Growth. Discover the summary of their proposals and the full-length policy briefs below! (more…)

Populism Book review

The people’s verdict – adding informed citizen voices to public decision-making by Claudia Chwalisz

Reviewed by Sophie Pornschlegel17 October 2017 | Sophie Pornschlegel

With case studies from Australia and Canada and a short comparative analysis of deliberative formats in the UK, this short book tries to convince skeptical decision-makers that, given the right framework, people can be good, legitimate and efficient decision-makers.
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Populism Analysis

What We Can Learn from Populists – A Populist Backlash in the Philippines

Duterte: The Success of the "Celebrity Maverick"2 January 2017 | Sophie Pornschlegel
"✊👊 Atin to pre! #Duterte #dutertefo" (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) by incrediblethots

How come the “celebrity maverick” has proven so successful with his unconventional, violent and vile approach? Why does Duterte’s populism attract so many voters and enabled him to become President?

Populism

My Populism is Bigger than Yours

The Trajectory of Populist Movements in Europe, Reasons for Their Success and Reactions of Established Parties Analysis | Nuno Casimiro
"A European Union map composed entirely o" (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) by European Parliament

Mainstream parties seem to believe that refusing ideological attachments and claiming that the populists are “the others” will be enough for the citizens to recognize them as the ones offering providential solutions. The problem is that, while the gap between representatives and represented is not narrowed, between a soft populism and the real thing, dangerous “others” might take the place with rather scary alternatives.

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 Analysis

Backing up the debate on Modern Populism

Study from Takis S. Pappas: The Concept of Populism19 October 2016 | Dr. Takis S. Pappas
"Populism" (CC BY-NC 2.0) by Dr Case

As the DIALOGUE ON EUROPE project aims to “rebuild trust” in European institutions and the European Union itself, two question arise amongst others: Which factors lead to a loss of trust in European institutions? What are the consequences of this loss for the European political culture and which possible democratic solutions can be identified? Within this context, it is inevitable to discuss and define the frequently used, yet often not further specified term of populism.

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