Current Populism in Europe:

What's Next?


The conference takes place under the auspices of Jiří Drahoš, Chair of the Committee on Education, Science, Culture, Human Rights and Petitions of the Senate of the Czech Republic.


Monday, 27 May

9:00 – 9:45         Registration

9:45 – 10:00       Opening of the Conference (Conference Hall)

                            Luisa Rath (Programme Director, Goethe-Institut Czech Republic)

              Klaus Linsenmeier (Head of the Prague Office, Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung)

              Martin Mejstřík (Charles University, Prague)


10:00 – 11:45     Morning Session: Main academic panel (Conference Hall)

                          Chair + discussant: Reinhard Heinisch (University of Salzburg)

                          Marco Tarchi (University of Florence)
                          Populism and Extreme Right: Affinities and Differences

                          Stijn van Kessel (Queen Mary University, London)
                          Mobilising for Europe: pro-European activism in an era of populism and nationalism

                          Caterina Froio (Sciences Po, Paris)
                          Going Transnational? Networks and issues of (trans)national cooperation in Western Europe on Twitter.


12:45 – 13:30    Keynote Paper (Conference Hall)

                          Reinhard Heinisch (University of Salzburg)
                          Adaptation and Persistence – How the Freedom Party exemplifies the revolution of RR Populism and
                          thereby changed our understanding of it.


13:30 – 15:15     Afternoon Session I: Populist voting behaviour (Conference Hall)                

                          Chair + discussant: Stijn van Kessel (Queen Mary University)

                          Steven Saxonberg and Tomáš Sirovátka (Masaryk University, Brno)
                          Welfare Attitudes and Voting for Populist Parties

Lukáš Linek and Ondřej Císař (Charles University)
Political Conflict Rearticulated? How to stabilize the electoral support of a populist party in government

Elie Michel and Diego Garzia (University of Lucerne)
Leader effects and the populist radical right: the effects of positive (and negative) leader evaluations

Léonie de Jonge (University of Cambridge)
At Last a Right-Wing Populist Party in Luxembourg? The role of the ADR in the 2018 general elections


Afternoon Session II: Conceptualization: is this still a thing? (Room 9, 2nd Floor)

Chair + discussant: Stephen Alomes (RMIT Melbourne)

Gianfranco Baldini and Matteo Giglioli (University of Bologna)
Bread or Circus? Long-term anti-political sentiment and the future of European populism

Roberto De Rosa (University Niccolo Cusano) and  Dario Quattromani (Roma Tre University)
Culture and Society in the Populist Age

Constantin Iordachi (Central European University)
Paths to Radicalization: National-Populism, Radical Right and Fascism

Andrej Školkay (School of Communication and Media)
A Democratic Illiberalism, or a Formal Political Logic without a Predetermined Ideological Content?


 15:15 – 15:50   Coffee Break



15:50 – 16:00    Opening of the public event (Conference Hall)

                          Jiří Drahoš (Chair of the Committee on Education, Science, Culture, Human Rights
                          and Petitions of the Senate of the Czech Republic)

                          Ellen Ueberschär (President, Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, Berlin)

                          Tomáš Nigrin (Head of the Institute of International Studies of Faculty of Social
                          Sciences Charles University, Prague)


16:00 – 17:00    Keynote Paper (Conference Hall)

                          Cas Mudde (University of Georgia) 
                          The Populist Zeitgeist: 15 Years Later


17:00 – 17:15    Coffee Break


17:15 – 19:00    Evening Discussion: Consequences of the European Elections (Conference Hall)

                          Chair: Klaus Linsenmeier (Head of the Prague Office, Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung)

                          Ellen Ueberschär (President, Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, Berlin)

                          Piotr Maciej Kaczyński (EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy, Prague)

                          Pavel Barša (Charles University, Prague)

                          Oľga Gyárfášová (Institute of European Studies and International Relations,


Tuesday, 28 May

  9:00 – 9:30      Registration

  9:30 – 10:15    Keynote Paper (Conference Hall)

                          Andrea Petö (Central European University)
                          Comparisons that matter: are we re-living the 1930s?


10:15 – 10:30    Coffee Break


10:30 – 12:15    Morning Session I: How to measure populism? (Conference Hall)

                          Chair + discussant: Vlastimil Havlík (Masaryk University)

                          Andrej Zaslove and Maurits Meijers (Radboud University) 
                          The Ins and Outs of Measuring Populism with Expert Surveys

                          Bartek Pytlas (Ludwig Maximilian University)
                          Anti-Establishment Politics and Counter-Representation: A framework for analysis

                          Marcel Lewandowsky (Helmuth Schmidt University)
                          Exploring the Heterogeneity of Populism with Manifesto Data: The Comparative Party-Based Populism Dataset (CPPD)

                          Giuliano Bobba, Antonella Seddone, Cristina Cremonesi (University of Turin) and Evangelia Kartsounidou
                          (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)
                          Measuring Media Populism in Italy and Greece: Results from an expert survey pilot study


                          Morning Session II: Populism and the EU dimension (Room 2, downstairs)

                          Chair + discussant: Caterina Froio (Sciences Po)

                          Lazaros Karavasilis (Loughborough University), Patricia Rodi (Queen Mary University) and Leonardo Pule
                          (Sant’anna School of Advanced Studies)
                          How Populist is the Populist Radical Right? Examine right-wing populist & nationalist discourse in the European
                         Parliament Elections 

                          Marta Lorimer (London School of Economics)
                          Building Legitimacy through European Discourses: The Case of the Front National / Rassemblement National

                          Georg Plattner (University of Vienna) 
                          ’Wrecking it from Within’? Populist radical right parties and their ideas for EU policy reform

                          Jakub Wondreys (University of Georgia)
                          The Impact of European Parliamentary Election Timing on Electoral Support for Government and Protest Parties    


13:15 – 15:00    Afternoon Session I: Populist attitudes (Conference Hall)

                          Chair + discussant: Andrej Zaslove (Radboud University) 

                          Cristóbal Rovira Kaltwasser and Steven van Hauwaert (University of Mainz)
                          Uniformity or Diversity? The socio-demographic, political and democratic profiles of populist citizens across Europe and
                          Latin America

                          Vlastimil Havlík and Veronika Dostálová (Masaryk University)
                          The Big 5 and Populist Attitudes in the Czech Republic

                          Caterina Paolucci and Chelsea Jones (James Madison University in Florence)
                          Mainstreaming of Populism: Is populism as a political style becoming the new norm?

                          Corrado Fumagalli (LUISS Rome) 
                          Anti-immigration Appeals and the Rigid Supply-and-Demand Logic of Populism


                          Afternoon Session II: Role of gender and culture in populism (Room 2, downstairs)

Chair + discussant: Cas Mudde (University of Georgia)

Zora Hesová (Charles University)
The Populist Toolkit in the Central European Culture Wars

Zuzana Fellegi (Anglo-American University)
Istanbul Convention as a Tool of the Gender Ideology Strategy. The case of the Czech Republic.

Caner Tekin (Ruhr University)
Interplays between Gender and other Identities? Revisiting the anti-migrant discourses of the FPÖ and Lega Nord from an intersectionality perspective

Feyda Sayan (Manisa Celal Bayar University)
Gender and the Populist Radical Right Political Parties of Europe: A social semiotic approach to FN’s and AfD’s election materials


Afternoon Session III: Populism in the government (Room 8, 2nd floor)

Chair + discussant: Věra Stojarová (Masaryk University, Brno)

Emilia Zankina (American University Bulgaria) and Luigi Ceccarini (Carlo Bo University, Urbino)
European Populists in Government East and West: Bulgaria and Italy in comparative perspective

David Wineroither (Hungarian Academy of Sciences)
From Portfolio Diversification to Hybrid Power: The Evolution of Right-wing Populist Winning Formulas in Austria from Haider to Kurz

Haris Dajč (University of Belgrade)
Re-emerging Populism in Southeast Europe: Populist political parties in post-Yugoslav states

Dimitar Nikolovski (Polish Academy of Sciences)
The Macedonians versus the North Macedonians: On the production of cleavages by the resolution of the Macedonian name dispute


15:00 – 15:15    Coffee Break


15:15 – 17:00   Evening Session I: The “New” wave of populism in Italy (Conference Hall)

                         Chair + discussant: Luigi Ceccarini (Carlo Bo University)

Marco Brunazzo (University of Trento) and  Mark Gilbert (Johns Hopkins University-SAIS)
Anti-EU Populism in Italy: Two cases of glibness in politics

George Newth (University of Bath)
A Third Wave of Populist Activism: The long-term roots of Matteo Salvini’s Lega.

Marzia Maccaferri (Goldsmiths, University of London)
Digital Populism and Euroscepticism in the Multimodal Political Communication of Lega and Movimento 5 Stelle

Giovanni Barbieri and Sofia Verza (University of Perugia)
Who is More Populist? Applying holistic grading to the interviews of Italian political leaders during the 2018 electoral campaign


Evening Session II: Turkey (Room 9, 2nd floor)

Chair + discussant: Caner Tekin (Ruhr University)

Aylin Özman and Gülsen Seven (TED University)
Politics in the Grip of Populist Rhetoric: The case of Turkey in the  2000s

Selim Erdem Aytac (Koc University)
Satisfied and Populist? The role of elite rhetoric and partisanship in mass support for populism in power

Tugce Ercetin (Istanbul Bilgi University)
Understanding the We-ness in Populism

Pelin Ayan, Isabella Iagrosso (Anglo-American University in Prague) and Marek Hudík (University of Economics, Prague)
What Matters More for the Electoral Rise of Populist Parties? Ideology or competent-looking leaders? A comparison of Italy and Turkey


17:00 – 18:45    Final Session: Hungary and Poland: populism or authoritarianism? (Conference Hall)

                          Chair + discussant: Bartek Pytlas (Ludwig Maximilian University)

István Hegedűs (Hungarian Europe Society, Budapest)
Hungarian Exceptionalism or the Orbanisation of Europe?

Robert Sata (Central European University, Budapest) and Ireneusz Paweł Karolewski (University of Wroclaw)
Caesarean Politics and Populism in Hungary and Poland

Bartosz Rydliński (Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw)
A Case Study of Polish and Hungarian Illiberal Christianity

Daniel Hegedűs (German Marshall Fund)
Rethinking the Incumbency Effect. Radicalization of governing populist parties in East Central Europe. A case study of Hungary


18:45 – 19:00    Concluding Remarks (Conference Hall)


Those interested in participating in the 5th Prague Populism Conference, please register using the following e-mail address by 24 May:

Working language: English

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