Morning Session I: Post-communist populism in CEE countries

Tuesday, 10:30-12:15, Conference Hall

Chair: Timofey Agarin (Queen’s University, Belfast)


Ben Stanley (SWPS Warsaw)

Voting Populist or Just Voting for Populists? A Comparative Analysis of Populist Attitudes and Vote Choice in Central and Eastern Europe

Ben Stanley is currently Marie Curie Intra-European Research Fellow at the School of Law, Politics and Sociology at the University of Sussex in Brighton. He obtained his MA in International Studies at the University of Durham and MA in European Politics at the University of Essex. Stanley holds a PhD in Government from the same institution. From 2011 to 2014 he was a lecturer at the Institute of Political Science, Faculty of History and Social Sciences, Cardinal Stefan Wyszinski University in Warsaw. Current research interests of Ben Stanley are Contemporary Polish politics and society, party systems and voting behaviour in Central and Eastern Europe, populism and quantitative and qualitative methods for the comparative research of ideas and ideology.


Emilia Zankina (American University, Sofia)

Populist Radical Right Parties and the Impact on Policy-Making in Bulgaria

Emilia Zankina is an Assistant Professor in Political Science at the American University in Bulgaria. She holds a Ph.D. in International Affairs and a Certificate in Advanced East European Studies from the University of Pittsburgh. Her current research focuses on populism and political parties, civil service reform in Eastern Europe, and gender representation in Southeastern Europe. She also has expertise in elite theory, democratization, and East European transitions. In the past, Zankina has served as Associate Director of the Center for Russian and East European Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, Managing Editor of East European Politics and Societies, and Editor-in-Chief of the Newsletter of the Bulgarian Studies Association. She is the recipient of a number of U.S. national grants from IREX, ACLS, American Councils, Wilson Center, and more. 


Dimitar Nikolovski (Polish Academy of Sciences Warsaw)

Macedonia: A Tale of Two Populisms

Dimitar Nikolovski is a PhD candidate at the Graduate School for Social Research, Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw, where he researches the relations between populist parties and civil society in Southeast Europe. He has background in Political Science and has studied at the Law Faculty in Skopje (BA), the Central European University in Budapest (MA) and the Universities of Sarajevo/Bologna (MA). He has worked for several think-tanks in Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, and cooperates with the Centre for European Training in Skopje. Currently, he works as a young researcher at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Kőszeg.


Attila Bartha (Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest)

Survival Populism: Discursive Governance in Hungarian Public Policy

Attila Bartha (PhD in Economics) is a research fellow at the Institute for Political Science of Center for Social Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences and an associate professor at IBS Budapest. He is an editor of the journal Intersections. East European Journal of Society and Politics and teaches courses at Corvinus University Doctoral School of Sociology. His main areas of research are comparative public policy, welfare policy and political economy.