Sophie Pornschlegel


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Thinking Lab on Populism
Germany


Sophie Pornschlegel works as Project Manager for Das Progressive Zentrum. She also is an executive board member of the think tank Polis180. Sophie gained her experience working at the European Commission Representation in Berlin and as freelance assistant producer for documentary films aired on Arte. She holds an M.Sc. in European Affairs from Sciences Po Paris and the London School of Economics as well as a B.A in Politics from Sciences Po Paris.



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Populism Policy Recommendations Results

Policy Brief on Populism

2018 | Thinking Lab on Populism22 March 2018

Civil society actors from six European countries present their policy brief on Populism in Europe. The Thinking Lab developed nine policy recommendations focusing on the creation of trust between citizens and the political sphere.

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
Bild: Jacob&Alex

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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EUROPEAN THINKING LAB SUMMIT PRESS

What does Civil Society mean to you?

Participants of the Paris Thinking Lab Summit talk about what "Civil Society" means to them.6 April 2017 | Anna Romandash
Photo: Alex&Jacob/ Das Progressive Zentrum, 2017.

As the Thinking Lab Summit in Paris was a meeting of members of Civil Society, Orange Magazine wondered, what “Civil Society” means to the participants. Is it a universal definition or rather personal term?

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 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 Thinking Lab

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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