In the European Union, roughly a quarter of likely voters would currently opt for populist politicians, whose policies centre on fighting against some outside enemy, the rejection of political pluralism and the irreconcilable conflict between the "people" and the elites/experts. These politicians pursue an illiberal turn in their respective countries. Although, the problem of rising populism is becoming a more and more researched topic – FEPS and Policy Solutions also started a joint research programme called “Populism Tracker” in 2015 –, there are very few if any serious analyses that offer an antidote to populism.
The central objective of this book is to offer potential and effective answers to NGOs, politicians or anyone who wants to counter populism. We hope that the proposed country-specific and European progressive answers of this publication can be useful for wider parts of society than hate-based populism, as we also believe that they provide insights for Progressives to better respond to the problems and fears of those social groups that are most susceptible to the allure of populism. We want to offer in this book potential political answers to populism in a practical, solution-oriented and positive way.
Policy Solutions is a progressive political research institute based in Budapest. It was founded in 2008 and it is committed to the values of liberal democracy, solidarity, equal opportunity, sustainability and European integration. The focus of Policy Solutions’ work is on understanding political processes in Hungary and the European Union. Among the pre-eminent areas of our research are the investigation of how the quality of democracy evolves, the analysis of factors driving euroscepticism, populism and the far-right, and election research.
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