Populism refers to a range of political movements that emphasise the idea of the “the people” and often juxtapose this group against “the elite”.
Some anti-elitist movements evoke positive responses, for example, towards liberalism and constitutional reform. However, many populist movements have undesirable tendencies including intolerance of others, a tendency to polarise issues, reductionist decision making and the weakening of democratic accountability.
How can EU political and liberal institutions mitigate the negative implications of populist movements?
The PaCE project will develop the analysis, tools and outcomes to better understand populist movements in European democracies and mitigate the negative aspects of populist tendencies in a context-sensitive manner.
The PaCE project will support a democratic response to populism by:
Trilateral assesses the ethical, legal and social risks that need to be considered in the development of information communications technology that includes those adopted in PaCE but will also act as guidance for other consortia or organisations designing public engagement campaigns.
Trilateral works on enhancing the project findings by creating a network including policymakers, civil society actors, educational institutions and the media to facilitate novel collaborations, amplifying PaCE’s results.
Trilateral’s work enhances stakeholders’ engagement in a critical debate regarding future policy challenges to develop a thoughtful democratic response to populism that mitigates the undesirable consequences of many populist movements.
Trilateral hosts workshops with policymakers, civil society actors, and politicians to develop and validate foresight scenarios. These will help stakeholders understand how populist movements might develop, and the different ways that society can respond to these movements to inform better democratic responses that listen and respond to citizens’ voices.
Following the creation of PaCE technology, PaCE generates policy recommendations that support EU political and liberal institutions in responding to the negative tendencies of populist movements.
Trilateral outlines a set of ethical, legal and social recommendations to inform the development of policy recommendations that mitigate negative populist tendencies, for example, intolerance, polarisation, reductionist decision making and the weakening of democratic accountability, in a context-sensitive manner.
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