Methodological Challenges of Researching Populism and Democratic Efficacy through Social Media in Europe

Brussels, Belgium

22 October 2019

Horizon 2020 Project DEMOS:

Democratic Efficacy and Populism in Europe

Workshop:

Methodological Challenges of Researching Populism and Democratic Efficacy through Social Media in Europe

 

Dear researchers, and other stakeholders,

 

The European Commission Horizon 2020 funded research project "DEMOS: Democratic Efficacy and Varieties of Populism" explores how populist discourse makes an impact on voters through the populist leaders' creative ways of using social media. Looking at the EP elections in 2019, a consortium of researchers based around Europe will be sharing their first findings on 22nd October at …................................Brussels, Belgium, from 4 p.m. till 6 p.m. This panel will be of importance to researchers to illustrate methodological challenges of researching relationships on the one hand, between social media role in the resonance of populist discourses and on the other hand, between socio-economic determinants and political efficacy vis a vis populist challenge.

DEMOS Research Project is built on the assumption that populism is symptomatic of a disconnect between how democratic polities operate and how citizens perceive their own aspirations, needs and identities within the political system. As such, DEMOS explores the empirical value of 'democratic efficacy' as the condition of political engagement needed to address the challenge of populism. DEMOS focuses not only on the polity, but equally on citizens' perspectives: how they are affected by, and how they react to, populism. As populism has varying socially embedded manifestations, DEMOS aims at contextualising it through comparative analysis on the variety of populisms across Europe, including, as it is aim of this workshop, their communicative manifestations on social media (Facebook). This workshop presents preliminary findings which suggest that political communication of populist leaders in opposition highlights low political efficacy of the political system, while populist leaders in government promote and communicate measures (that sometimes backfire) aimed at making policy corrections towards increasing political efficacy of the political system. How can these results be interpreted in the context of socio-economic determinants of political efficacy based on analysis of European Social Survey Data?

 

Programme:

 

Populist Discourse in UK and Turkey

Professor Umut Korkut, Dphil, Glasgow School for Business and Society, Glasgow, UK

 

Populist Discourse in Hungary, Slovakia, Poland and Romania

Andrej Å kolkay, School of Communication and Media, Bratislava, Slovakia

 

Socio-economic determinants, political efficacy and populist communication

Eglė Butkevičienė, Vice-Dean for Research, Kaunas University of Technology, Faculty of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities, Kaunas, Lithuania

 

Summary: Lessons Learnt and Tentative Policy Recommendations

 

We are hoping to see you on 22nd October at 4. p.m.

For RSVP, please contact Igor Daniš, Project´s communication officer at School of Communication and media, at igor.danis7@gmail.com



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