Populism in Central Europe – challenge for the future

(c) Sylvia ArthurPopulism is a complex challenge to our democratic political systems, even more so in times of crisis. The contributions from experts on this topic from six Central and Eastern European countries are now available to download, the result of a GEF seminar on this topic organised last October with the support of the Heinrich Böll Foundation and in cooperation with the Warsaw School of Social Sciences and Humanities. The debate explored the characteristics of populist phenomena in Central and Eastern Europe.

This open debate focused on the specific characteristics of the populism phenomena in Central Europe, while comparing them with the right-wing populist movements in Western Europe, as analysed in the GEF publication “Populism in Europe”. The description of similarities and differences between populist practices and the analysis of governmental, party-based, movement-based, and personality-led manifestations of populism will facilitate the identification of threats and alternatives. In the debate we focused on the roots of populism in Central Europe, the organisational manifestations of populist movements, and the relations between political culture and populism.

The debate summed up and presented conclusions formulated by participants of the preceding expert workshop, which provided a space for the exchange of views and experiences between researchers and think-tank experts from Hungary, Austria, Poland, Germany, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic.

Download the full report from here.

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