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May 2, 2024

🔮 Debunking myths about populism in power

Giorgos Venizelos 'Populism' and 'power' have an uneasy relationship. Key texts reveal three assumptions about populism's 'fate' in power: first, it becomes mainstream; second, it turns authoritarian; third, it fails/succeeds to implement policies. Giorgos Venizelos argues we must look beyond the myths about populism's content or outcomes, and turn instead to populism's function of constructing collective identities through discursive / affective performativity Read more
April 19, 2024

🌊 Media control is key to Orbán’s anti-gender discourse success

Diana Maria Prisecaru Since 2010, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has been slowly dismantling the country's independent media until there is only voice left: his own. Diana Maria Prisecaru argues that thirteen years of carefully crafted messages has gifted Orbán the grassroots movement he always wanted Read more
April 8, 2024

🌊 How illiberalism threatens the urban freedoms of women and marginalised groups

Cătălina Frâncu In recent decades, real progress has been made to inclusivity in urban policies and in access to urban spaces. Cătălina Frâncu warns these gains are now under threat. Here, she explores the impact of illiberalism on the exclusion of women and marginalised groups from urban public spaces Read more
April 2, 2024

🌊 How Hungary’s so-called child protection referendum was invalidated through a grassroots campaign

Dóra Oprics Dóra Oprics explores the 2X civil society campaign in Hungary in 2022, which resulted in 1.7 million Hungarians successfully invalidating an exclusionary child protection referendum. The outcome reveals insights into the mobilising powers of grassroots activism against attempts to demonise the LGBTQIA+ community Read more
March 15, 2024

The pitfalls of the EU’s multiple presidency system

Sergio Fabbrini Charles Michel had agreed to stand down early as President of the European Council so he could run for the European Parliament. Recently, however, he changed his mind. Sergio Fabbrini argues this highlights the disadvantages of the EU multiple presidency system, leaving the EU without a single representatives of its interests Read more
March 14, 2024

The third year of the Ukraine war and its possible end

Albrecht Rothacher Drawing parallels with the end of the First World War, Albrecht Rothacher looks at the prospects for an end to war in Ukraine. He starts with the worst-case scenario and then considers four further ways in which hostilities might end Read more
March 14, 2024

Domestic fossil fuel reserves help determine right-wing populist positions on green policies

Mehmet Haşim Çevik Right-wing populist parties have divergent positions on policies that seek to combat climate change. Key to understanding why, writes Mehmet Haşim Çevik, is whether the country relies on domestic fossil fuels Read more
March 8, 2024

🌈 Getting paid to have children: Hungary’s ‘carefare’ regime

Eva Fodor Illiberal Hungary has become famous in recent years for paying families to have, or pledge to have, children. This, writes Eva Fodor, has transformed the criteria and practice for social citizenship and democratic participation Read more

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