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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Márton Bene article entitled “Who reaps the benefits? A cross-country investigation of the absolute and relative normalization and equalization theses in the 2019 European Parliament elections" has been published in New Media & Society.
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We are happy to present the winners of the Publication Scholarship Prize 2021: Ágnes Virág (Eszterházy Károly University) with the manuscript ‘Emotional Parliamentary Lions: Evaluative Metonymy Complexes in Editorial Cartoons” (supervisor: Márton Bene) and Szabolcs Hadászi (Corvinus University) on the topic ‘The relationship between voting and trust in Hungary’ (supervisor: Zsolt Boda).
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