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Since the Centre for Social Sciences has complied with the requirements of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences which follow international standards it has been authorised to use the label Hungarian Academy of Sciences Centre of Excellence, according to the Certificate of Excellence awarded recently.

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Jennifer McCoy: Populist Message of ‘We’ Versus ‘They’ Dehumanizes the Other Side

Institute for Political Science

Populism is not always bad, but a populist political message can divide societies between “us” and “them”, explains Jennifer McCoy, a distinguished professor of political science at Georgia State University and a senior core fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study at Central European University. In a new episode of DEMOS interviews on YouTube, McCoy discusses the main features and negative consequences of populism for democracy, like a deep political polarization, and how society can detect and react to them.

David Wineroither Writes Op-Ed for Austrian Der Standard on British Tory Brexiteers

Institute for Political Science

Political scientist David M. Wineroither, DEMOS researcher at the Centre for Social Sciences of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, wrote an op-ed for the Austrian national daily Der Standard. In his piece, Wineroither summarizes the structural inability for collective leadership on behalf of British Tory Brexiteers—a feature to characterize both the political ascendancy of Boris Johnson and populists in the majority of countries on the continent

Trump is not that much of a populist - Levente Littvay on Collaboration with the Guardian and Populism

Institute for Political Science

DEMOS interviews Levente Littvay, Professor of Political Science, Central European University (CEU) and member of the Team Populism on collaboration between academics and the Guardian, which has published a series of evidence-based articles on populism. Littvay also spoke about his research on populism, populist discourse, and the CEU Comparative Populism Project

DEMOS Expert Says Abuse of Referenda is Typical of Populist Parties

Institute for Political Science

Jose Maria Castellà, professor at the University of Barcelona and leader of the Spanish team in DEMOS, said that the use and abuse of referenda on any subject in contemporary democracies are typical of populist parties. “These parties tend to claim that institutions of representative democracy are not representing the so called true people, and present their political action as a direct enactment of people’s will,” Castella, also a member of the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe, told “Expansión”, Spain’s leading business newspaper. The interview, on the rise and impacts of populist politics in Europe, came out on the eve of Spain’s elections.

DEMOS Leader Zsolt Boda on Populism

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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 6Zsolt 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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The activities of the research group Give Kids a Chance in 2018

Give Kids a Chance

The research team provides professional-methodological support for district and settlement programs aimed at improving children's chances and preventing the reproduction of disadvantages in the framework of a European Union co-financed consortium tender (EFOP-1.4.1-15 "Professional Support for Integrated Program for Children"). The primary objective and task of the research group is to assist the planning of Hungarian social policy interventions with policy-oriented research, analysis and evaluation.