DEMOS Leader Zsolt Boda Says "Populism Challenges Institutions of Liberal Democracies"
Populism is a complex term usually carrying a negative connotation, often associated with leaders who criticize the elite—be it political, academic or scientific—that their citizens view, and react to, with skepticism. Scholars have tried to define the term and label parties and politicians as such, but the H2020 Research and Innovation Action project DEMOS seeks to go beyond that, taking into account both the individual level, psychological roots of populist attitudes and describing the features and consequences of populist governance. In an interview for the Hungarian radio channel Civil Rádió on March 6, Zsolt Boda, the leader of DEMOS, spoke about the goals of the project. One of them is to cover populism through multiple manifestations across Europe and beyond, shedding light on its varieties, how populism relates to specific cultural contexts, and how different social actors react to the challenges of populism.
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New paper by Ana Stojilovska et al.: As essential as bread: Fuelwood use as a cultural practice to cope with energy poverty in Europe has been published in Energy Research & Social Science.
István Stumpf's new book entitled "Paradigm Shift in Constitutionalism" has been published by Gondolat Kiadó.
New paper by Zsófia Papp and G.B. Nkansah: The political component of COVID-19 vaccine choice. Results from a conjoint experiment has been published in Public Health.
As energy prices are increasing, the issue of energy poverty becomes even more relevant. How are European countries considering energy poverty in policies? Ana Stojilovska, Research Fellow at the Institute for Political Science led a group of researchers to explore whether, how, and why policy documents in Spain, France, Portugal, the UK, North Macedonia, and Slovenia link energy poverty to other related policy areas. The study was published in Energy Policy with an impact factor of 7.576. The paper has been prepared within the framework of the COST-funded ENGAGER network
‘Morality in Political and Public Debates. What is Beyond Moral Framing?’ – Special Issue of American Behavioral Scientist (ABS)
Guest editors: Gabriella Szabó (Centre for Social Sciences, Budapest, Hungary) and Sergei Samoilenko (George Mason University)
This special issue seeks to contribute to the academic discussion of morality and moral regulation in politicized debates by focusing on interdisciplinary research in sociology, behavioral sciences, political communication, and related fields.
The article titled "The roots of COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy: evidence from Hungary", written by András Bíró-Nagy and András József Szászi is now available in the Journal of Behavioural Medicine.