This study focuses on the role of populism. DEMOS looks at under-researched aspects at micro-, mseo and macro-levels: its socio actors responses to the populist challenge, and populism's effects on governance. DEMOS focuses not only on the polity, but quality on citizens' perspectives:how they are affected by, and how they react to populism.
Professor Umut Korkut is lead researcher on DEMOS and Lena Karmanidou is reseracher for DEMOS.
DEMOS is built on the assumption that populism is symptomatic of a disconnect between how democratic polities operate an dhow citizens perceive their own aspirations, needs and identies within the political system. As such, DEMOS explores the practical value of the "democratic efficacy" as the condition of political engagmenr needed to address the challenge of populiam. The concept combines attitudial features (political efficacy), political skills, knowledge, and democratic opportunity structures.
In order to better understand populism DEMOS looks at under-researched aspects at micro-, mseo and macro-levels: its socio actors responses to the populist challenge, and populism's effects on governance. DEMOS focuses not only on the polity, but quality on citizens' perspectives:how they are affected by, and how they react to populism. Politically underrepresented groups and those targeted by populist politics are a particular focus, e.g. youth, women and migrants. As populism has verying socially embedded manifestations, DEMOS aims at contextualising it through comparative analysis on the variety of populism across Europe, incuding their historical, culture and socioeconomic roots, manifestations and impacts. DEMOS develops indicators and predictors of populism and elaborates scenarios on the interactions of populism with social actors and institutions both at the national and the EU levels.
Unifying 15 partners from 10 disciplines, DEMOS combines in-depth research on populism and efficacy with action reserach and pilot projects in order to develop lasting tools and timely policy recommendations; project methods include experiments, deliberative polling, text mining, surveys and legal analysis. DEMOS places strong emphaisis on communication and productive interactions with a variety of stakeholders thorughout the project, including policymakers, journalists, students and the general public.