Four mistakes to avoid when making policy recommendations about populism


Populists express grievances against the democracies that they live in. For example, that they are run by educational or technocratic elites, and that ‘experts’ are in cahoots with governments to undermine ‘the people’. Dismissing these complaints out of hand is counter-productive and, as we have set out in the Ethical, Social and Legal Impact (ESLI) […]

Analysing “populist” narratives – what are the ethical and social implications?

With the rise of populist parties in Europe over the past few years, the question of populism has gained much interest from researchers seeking to better understand the specificity of the newly emerging political landscape, its causes and consequences, its actors, and the rhetoric accompanying it. However, the notion of populism itself is highly contested. […]

Social media and populism: Facebook’s challenges with political speech

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Facebook and other social networks’ attempts to diminish the influence of problematic political content online have had limited results so far. The challenge for such platforms is not to neatly sort political speech into legal/illegal, but to consider the way these platforms structure and support particular types of political communication. In an economy in which […]

Analysing the rise and causes of populism in Europe

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What is the meaning of the rise of different types of populist movements for democracy and for EU political and liberal institutions, and how should these institutions respond? The Populism and Civic Engagement project (PaCE), a new Horizon 2020 project led by Manchester Metropolitan’s Centre for Policy Modelling, is responding to this type of key […]