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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We are delighted to announce that Zsófia Papp, Veronika Patkós, and Márton Bene received the Youth Award of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences 2018.
The book ‘Constitutional Politics and the Judiciary: Decision-making in Central and Eastern Europe’ edited by Kálmán Pócza was released on 28th November 2018 at Routledge. The volume uses the methodology and database of JUDICON.
On November 15th, a workshop will be held on „Machine learning applications” in co-operation between MTA SZTAKI and the POLTEXT project of MTA TK. More information (in Hungarian) is available in the attached invitation.
András Körösényi recently published a new article entitled "The Theory and Practice of Plebiscitary Leadership: Weber and the Orbán regime" in East European Politics and Societies.
Csaba Békés recently published a new article entitled "Hungary 1968: Reform and the challange of the Prague Spring" in "Eastern Europe in 1968. Responses to the Prague Spring and Warsaw Pact invasion" edited by Kevin McDermott és Matthew Stibbe.
Miklós Sebők and Tamás Berki recently published a new article entitled "Punctuated Equilibrium In Democracy and Autocracy: An Analysis of Hungarian Budgeting Between 1868 and 2013" in European Political Science Review.