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Dear Reader,

The 7th Prague Populism Conference will take place between 15 and 17 May in Prague. One of the most notorious conferences about studies on populism in Europe, the conference explores the links between populist politics and climate change. You are invited to attend the event.

In a special panel discussion, DEMOS researchers will explain how democratic efficacy may counter populist attitudes and how beliefs about immigration affect citizens. The conference will hold 10 scientific panels, with keynote speeches streamaed live on social media. 
 
In this issue of the DEMOS newsletter, you will also find research on how populism has influenced political journalism across Europe, a study on the role of citizenship courses in protecting students against populist views, and how populism has affected citizens' behaviour. We also feature the latest blog and podcast discussion on the top 5 questions about populism on Google.
 
We hope you enjoy this issue of the DEMOS newsletter.

With kind regards,

The DEMOS team
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In a special panel of the Prague Populism Conference, DEMOS scholars will present findings on democratic efficacy as well as populist policy, populism and emotionspopulist communication, and attitudes. Download the programme and sign up for the free event here.
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The Internet and the media market crisis have helped make political journalism more sensationalist and personified. Populism pushed that trend further, with narratives dividing society beetween the good people and the bad elites leaving a mark on political coverage. Read why and download the study here.

Civic participation—known as knowledge, skills, and attitudes that citizens are expected to learn and use to become productive citizens—is associated with an increase in democratic efficacy, DEMOS study shows. Democratic efficacious citizens engage more in politics and support democratic values. They are more likely to cope with populist tactics. Read more about how school environment may increase democratic efficacy.

New DEMOS research found that supporters of populist parties are more likely to copy populist language—the type that includes attacks on other political groups and minorities—in comments to populists’ posts online. Read more about how populism affects citizens' behaviour and attitudes.

Almost all significant branches of Hungarian law have been re-codified under populist rule. Hungarian populism has become a new political elite—one which benefits only a few segments of society. In a new special issue of a scientific journal, DEMOS scholars explain what happened. Read more about it and download the articles here.
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Recent evidence indicates that social isolation and loneliness affect social trust and can ultimately bolster citizens’ support for populist ideas. According to researcher Hendrik Hüning, when schools work as communities, students may resist populists' anti-democratic attitudes. Read the blog here.
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Is populism a threat to democracy? If populism is bad, how to counter it? In this new episode of the DEMOS podcast, project scholars answer the most frequently asked questions about populism. Professor Levente Littvay, from Central European University, contributed to the discussion. Play the episode here.
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Some of our latest publications include:

Constitutional Changes in Populist TimesReview of Central and East European Law (2022). By Zoltán Szente (Centre for Social Sciences, Budapest).
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Illegal Legality and the Façade of Good Faith – Migration and Law in Populist HungaryReview of Central and East European Law (2022). By Tamás Hoffmann (Centre for Social Sciences, Budapest).
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How Populist Are Populist Parties in France? Understanding Parties’ Strategies Within a Systemic ApproachEuropean Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology (2022). By Martin Baloge and Nicolas Hubé (University of Lorraine).
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Paradoxes of Populism in the Pandemic and Beyond: A Commentary on Rogers Brubaker’s EssayIntersections (2021). By Zsolt Boda (Centre for Social Sciences).
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Exiting the Echo Chamber: Can Discussions in Randomly Formed Groups Change Opinions and Votes? (2022). By Hendrik Hüning, Lydia Mechtenberg (University of Hamburg), and Stephanie W. Wang (University of Pittsburgh).
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DEMOS studies populism from new perspectives. Funded by the EU Horizon 2020 Framework Programme, the project is carried out by 15 partner institutions and involves 10 disciplines. DEMOS investigates populism through the lenses of democratic efficacy. This new idea combines attitudinal features (political efficacy) with political skills, values, knowledge, and democratic opportunity structures. DEMOS assumes that democratic efficacy fosters political engagement and helps address the challenges of populism.
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