Meet your experts for this “Rethink populism” series!

Meet your series experts: Dr. Oliviero Angeli from Forum MIDEM, Dr. Sinem Adar and Dr. Ertuğ Tombuş from Humboldt University, and Dr. Israel Butler from Civil Liberties Union for Europe.

What does populism look like across Europe?

What are the differences between populist movements in various corners of Europe? Oliviero helps us understand the similarities and differences between populist leaders and parties in Germany, the Czech Republic, and Italy.

How do Erdogan and the AKP get votes from Turkish citizens abroad?

Those belonging to the Turkish diaspora in Europe can be criticized for continuing to vote for the AKP. Sinem explains why this is controversial and how Erdogan manages to court voters abroad.

What do we need to know about populist narratives?

Why are populist narratives so effective? Israel reveals the two emotions that populist messaging most often triggers and why populists have an inherent media advantage.

How can human rights counter populist authoritarianism?

What are human rights and how can we harness them to stop the growth of populist authoritarianism? Israel shares suggestions for what government and civil society can do.

What exactly is populism and is it even a useful term?

What is behind the term populism, and do we need it? Ertuğ gives us a primer for understanding populism and its link to democracy.

What can Turkey and Erdogan teach us about populism?

What is the so-called populist life cycle? Ertuğ uses the example of Turkey to detail the relationship between populism and authoritarianism as one of gradual evolution.

How are academic institutions under threat in today’s Turkey?

How have Erdogan and the AKP limited academic freedom in Turkey and what does this mean for the right to knowledge inside (and outside) the country? Sinem and Ertuğ dive into the complexities behind the crack-down and its consequences.

What can worldviews tell us about populist voters?

Are factors like age and education enough to understand why people vote for populists? Israel shares two worldviews common among populists as well as the benefits of the lens of social psychology.

Can migration explain Europe’s right-wing populism?

Migration is often cited as both a problem to be solved and the cause of Europe’s right-wing populism. Oliviero addresses this common perception with research.

How do populists use diversity to win elections? Case of Turkey

Is it a coincidence that much of populist discourse in Europe focuses on Muslims? Sinem explores how populist parties use diversity as a tactical resource to mobilize voters, using Turkey as an example.

What is populist authoritarianism? And is it a threat?

What is populist authoritarianism and how is it different from regular populism? We asked Israel to explain this term as well as the danger it poses to democracy and human rights.

How should progressives respond to populist narratives?

Can’t we just change people’s minds with the facts? Nope, says Israel Butler, author of the book Countering Populist Authoritarians. Israel lays out another way for progressives to respond to populist narratives.

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