Civic Strategies Addressing Populism - Initiatives to safeguard liberal democracies

Lironi, Elisa and Nahr, Hendrik and Nugent, Rhys (2021) Civic Strategies Addressing Populism - Initiatives to safeguard liberal democracies. Working Paper. -.

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Abstract

Projects that aim to tackle populism have not attracted particularly great attention from the research community. But it is important to understand better their applied strategies, the circumstances in which they were created, the challenges they have faced, and their indicators for success. This paper analyses ten case studies representing such projects. We find great diversity of action taken and approaches chosen by civil society and the academic community to address the consequences of populist movements. Those findings contribute to designing guidelines for project managers setting up similar initiatives. When it comes to the goals of such projects, we find that some aim to deconstruct populist narratives, while others aim to trigger citizen action. Depending on the goal, project managers have different methodologies at hand that come with diverse challenges and factors that indicate success. Based on those findings, four general recommendations are put forward, namely: ensuring sufficient and easy-to-access public funding for (innovative) projects addressing populism; more proactive use of project outcomes by policy makers; more synergies between different kinds of projects; and dedicated channels to facilitate the exchange of expertise between project managers responding to the challenges posed by populism. The shared willingness of all project managers to connect with one another in the future is another promising finding.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Title in English: Civic Strategies Addressing Populism - Initiatives to safeguard liberal democracies
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Institute for Political Science
Research funder: European Union, Research and Innovation Action, Horizon 2020, DEMOS grant number 822590
Depositing User: Enikő Meiszterics
Date Deposited: 22 Apr 2021 14:02
Last Modified: 27 Apr 2021 10:56
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