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DEMOS Covers Scientific Results in New Report
Last annual report highlights tools and policies to address populism

How to Respond to the Populist Challenge?
DEMOS releases materials on research-to-policy with EU and sister projects

DEMOS Creates Game to Build Democratic Skills and Counter Fake News
Educational materials were tested in schools and universities and are free to access

Dissatisfied with Politics, Populist Voters Disseminate Controversial Language on Social Media
Inclusive school environment and citizenship courses help students develop critical thinking and aversion to exclusionary views

Populism's Dividing Language Leaves its Mark on Political News
Media crisis made journalism simpler and more sensationalist. Populism pushed this trend further, DEMOS study shows

Civic Education Works as a Vaccine Against Populism
Inclusive school environment and citizenship courses help students develop critical thinking and aversion to exclusionary views

28/09/2021—In Power, Populist Leaders Establish Governance Style of Mainstream Politicians
New DEMOS studies assessed populist policy agendas and influence over non-populist political parties

Populist Leaders Thrive on Social Media
On average, populist posts trigger 3,000 more reactions than non-populist rivals on Facebook, new DEMOS study finds

Reacting to Populism, Minorities Impose Self-Censorship and Move Abroad
New DEMOS research on target groups finds that only LGBTQ+ community actively confronts populist policies

Populism Gains Ground Locally but Struggles at EU Level Using Anti-Migration Discourse
DEMOS studies assessed populist influence and policies during migration and financial crises

​Book Investigates Populism’s Gender Backlash
With DEMOS contributions, publication covers new trends in populist politics

COVID-19 Freezes Support for Populism, New Book Claims
DEMOS scholars analyse how populist forces handled the first wave of the pandemic

Populist leaders Change the Judiciary to Increase Power
Populist constitutionalism has weakened the role of counter-majoritarian institutions in Eastern European countries, resulting in democratic backsliding

How Human Evolution Explains Support for Populist Leaders
Intuitions based on in-group relations, fairness, and hierarchies lead voters to believe in populist leaders, even when they fail to deliver in office

Social Exclusion, Polarised Societies, and Technocracy Leads to Populism, New Study Argues
After the 2008 financial crisis, citizens supported more populist forces in Hungary, Greece, Poland, Italy, and several other EU countries

Partisan Media Erodes Trust in Politics, New Study Claims
Professional media environments that focus on societal issues might help turn people into citizens that trust politics and vote

In New Study, DEMOS Elaborates on How Populist Policies Work
Populist leaders communicate directly with voters, downplaying policy expertise, opposition parties, and civil society actors' opinions

High Democratic Efficacy Restrains Populism
The higher the levels of democratic efficacy, the less prone a citizen is to agree with populist statements

Orbán's Handling of the Coronavirus Shows How Populists Exercise Power
The parliament passed a controversial bill that allowed Hungary's prime minister to rule by decree with minor oversight

DEMOS Identifies Four Types of Populism in European Political Parties
Analysis revealed four types of populism: radical left-wing, radical right-wing populism, illiberal, and anti-establishment populism

Stronger Democratic Institutions Curb Populism
Measures that balance the powers of the state and specify conditions for constitutional revision help hinder populism

Populist Discourses on Social Media Inflame Anti-European Sentiment
Research findings show the existence of many 'populisms' and the need for coordinated policy responses in Europe

DEMOS Creates 'Democratic Efficacy', a Concept to Counter Populism
Idea proposes that citizens have positive attitudes toward politics, follow news regularly, embrace democratic values, and are not biased against political parties

To Thrive, Slovak Populists Explore Neglected Social Issues, DEMOS study says
'We Are a Family' explored Slovaks’ debts to push forward populist agenda and win seats in the Parliament

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