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Democracy and Debate: The Shadows of Totalitarianism and Populism

English title Democracy and Debate: The Shadows of Totalitarianism and Populism
Applicant Bochsler Daniel
Number 137483
Funding scheme SCOPES
Research institution Institut für Politikwissenschaft Universität Zürich
Institution of higher education University of Zurich - ZH
Main discipline Political science
Start/End 01.09.2011 - 30.06.2014
Approved amount 140'000.00
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Keywords (1)

democracy, totalitarianism, populism,elites

Lay Summary (English)

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Institutional Partnership

Democracy and Debate: The Shadows of Totalitarianism and Populism (DTP)

Team: Coordinator: Hanspeter Kriesi (University of Zurich, Switzerland), Mladen Lazic (Belgrade University, Serbia), Dobrinka Kostova (Institute for the Study of Societies and Knowledge, BAS, Bulgaria)

Start: July 1, 2011, Duration 24 months

Key words: Democracy, totalitarianism, populism, elites, citizen, media

. The positive experience of NCCR Democracy, University of Zurich will be applied. The project is focused primarily on updating of paradigms, introducing new methods of teaching, modernization of curricula, and sustaining independent research activities. Both teaching and research activities have the objective of fostering comparative approaches in interdisciplinary fields of social science. In long term, the project aims at helping to modernize European area studies on democracy in partnering Eastern European institutions. In the near perspective, the project aims at sustaining Eastern European academia in the transition to fully fledged democratic standards. aiming at a successful transfer of high quality knowledge and educational programmes on democracy in EuropeBulgarian Academy of Sciencesfor the Study of Societies and Knowledge at the InstituteThe proposed project aims to foster long term international partnership between scientific and educational institutions in Switzerland, Serbia, and Bulgaria. The project is designed to establish collaboration between Zurich University, Belgrade University, and the

Specifically, the project aims at strengthening teaching and research capacities of the Eastern European partners in issues related to democracy, totalitarianism, and populism. The main activities of the project involve: establishment of a network of excellence to craft the teaching capacities of Serbian and Bulgarian partners for a course on democracy, totalitarianism, and populism and thus achieving a modernization of curriculum for Master and PhD students; designing readings for this new course; initiation of a mobility scheme program to give rise to better knowledge of the modern methodology and approaches in studying, teaching, and dissemination of scientific results in this area; updating the specialized library; renewal of equipment; preparation of learning tools to transfer knowledge to society to legitimate its funding support, and establishing a network with local journalists. In this regard a special emphasis is put on knowledge shift to society through transformation of scientific findings into concrete activities for specific target groups - parliamentarians and journalists. The latter will contribute not only to better understanding of the complex issues of democracy but will add prestige and respect to social sciences. 

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Responsible applicant and co-applicants

Publications

Publication
National and Europea Identities among Political Elites ad Population in European Countries
Lazic Mladen and Pesic Jelena (2014), National and Europea Identities among Political Elites ad Population in European Countries, in Biti Vladimir (ed.), Rodopi, Amsterdam, New York, 143.
das Doppelgesicht der Politisierung. Zur Transformation politischer Konfliktstrukturen im Prozess der Globalisierung
Grande Edgar and Kriesi Hanspeter (2013), das Doppelgesicht der Politisierung. Zur Transformation politischer Konfliktstrukturen im Prozess der Globalisierung, in Zürn Michael and Ecker-Ehrhardt Matthias (ed.), 84.
Democracy in the age of globalization and mediatization
Kriesi Hanspeter Lavenes Sandra Esser Frank Matthes Jürg Bühlmann Marc and Bochsler Daniel (2013), Democracy in the age of globalization and mediatization.
No Wealth Without Networks and Personal Trust
Kostova Dobrinka and Giordano Christian (2013), No Wealth Without Networks and Personal Trust, in Duijzings Ger (ed.), 105.
The populist right, the working class, and the changing face of class politics
Bornschier Simon and Kriesi Hanspeter (2013), The populist right, the working class, and the changing face of class politics, in Rydgren Jens (ed.), 10.
Das Abstimmungsverhalten der Schweizer Stimmbürgerinnen und Stimmbürger: Wie wirken Abstimmungskampagnen?
Kriesi Hanspeter (2012), Das Abstimmungsverhalten der Schweizer Stimmbürgerinnen und Stimmbürger: Wie wirken Abstimmungskampagnen?, in Zieglier Béatrice and Wälti Nicole (ed.), 39.
Diversity and Inequality in Rural Europe - The Bulgarian Case
Kostova Dobrinka (2012), Diversity and Inequality in Rural Europe - The Bulgarian Case, in Eastern European Countryside, 153.
Frame Construction and Frame Promotion (Strategic Framing Choices)
Hänggli Regula and Kriesi Hanspeter (2012), Frame Construction and Frame Promotion (Strategic Framing Choices), in American Behavioral Scientist, 260.
Hard Lessions from Serbia
Lazic Mladen (2012), Hard Lessions from Serbia, in Zentai Violetta and Movacs Janos Matyas (ed.), 183.
Patterns of regional diversity in political elites’ attitudes
Lazić Mladen et al. (2012), Patterns of regional diversity in political elites’ attitudes, in H. Best G.Lengyel and L. Verzichelli (ed.), 147-166.
Patterns of regional diversity in political elites’ attitudes.
Lazic Mladen et al. (2012), Patterns of regional diversity in political elites’ attitudes., in Best Heinrich Lengyel György and Verzichelli Luca (ed.), 147.
Personalization of national election campaigns
Kriesi Hanspeter (2012), Personalization of national election campaigns, in Party Politics, 1.
Potential Conflict in Western Europe
Kriesi Hanspeter et. al. (2012), Potential Conflict in Western Europe.
The political consequences of the financial and economic crisis in Europe: electoral punishment and popular protest.
Kriesi Hanspeter (2012), The political consequences of the financial and economic crisis in Europe: electoral punishment and popular protest., in Swiss political science review, 518.
Joining the European Union and Transitivity of Conventionalism
Kostova Dobrinka (2011), Joining the European Union and Transitivity of Conventionalism, in Конвенциональные и неконвенциональные технологии политической деятельности в условиях глобализации, 122-136.
Political communication in direct-democratic campaigns. Enlightening or manipulating?
Kriesi Hanspeter (2011), Political communication in direct-democratic campaigns. Enlightening or manipulating?.
The elites in Bulgaria - Governance and Trust
Kostova Dobrinka (2011), The elites in Bulgaria - Governance and Trust, in : Проблеми и перспективи государственного и муниципального управления в инновационной экономике пост, 42-54.
New right-wing populist parties in Western Europe considering two case studies of the Freedom Party of Austria and Swiss People's Party.
Anna Vasylyshyn, New right-wing populist parties in Western Europe considering two case studies of the Freedom Party of Austria and Swiss People's Party., in Visnyk Lvivshkoho Universytetu, Serie: International Relations, vol 29((in Ukrain).

Collaboration

Group / person Country
Types of collaboration
European University Institute Italy (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Institute for the study of societies and knowledge, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia Bulgaria (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure
- Exchange of personnel
Department of sociology, faculty of philosophy, Belgrade University Serbien (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure
- Exchange of personnel

Scientific events



Self-organised

Title Date Place
Conference on Democracy and Populism 21.03.2014 Florence, Italy
Perspectives of Democracy in Balkan Societies 31.10.2013 Belgrad, Serbien
Conference on Democracy and Populism 12.09.2013 Sofia, Bulgaria
Conventional and Non-Conventional Technologies of Political Activity in he Process of Globalization 03.09.2012 Moskau, Russia
summer school on democracy and populism 10.06.2012 Varna, Bulgaria

Knowledge transfer events



Self-organised

Title Date Place
Working seminar with journalists in Sofia 10.12.2013 Sofia, Bulgaria
Conference on the Arab Spring 27.10.2011 Zürich, Switzerland
Meeting with OSZE-Election Mission 17.10.2011 Zürich, Switzerland

Communication with the public

Communication Title Media Place Year
Talks/events/exhibitions Podiumsdiskussion zu Political communication in direct democratic campaigns German-speaking Switzerland 2012
Talks/events/exhibitions Demokratie und Globalisierung, EDA-Völkerrechtstag Rhaeto-Romanic Switzerland German-speaking Switzerland Western Switzerland Italian-speaking Switzerland 2011

Abstract

The proposed project aims to foster long term international collaboration between scientific and educational institutions in Switzerland, Serbia, and Bulgaria. The project is designed to establish collaboration between Zurich University, Belgrade University, and the Institute for the Study of Societies and Knowledge at the BAS, Sofia aiming at a successful transfer of high quality knowledge and educational programmes on democracy in Europe. The very positive experience of NCCR Democracy, Zurich will be applied. The project is focused primarily on introducing new methods of teaching, modernization of curricula, and sustaining independent research activities. Both teaching and research activities have the objective of fostering comparative approaches in interdisciplinary fields of social science. In long term, the project aims at helping to modernize European area studies on democracy in partnering Eastern European institutions. In the near perspective, the project aims at sustaining Eastern European academia in the transition to fully fledged democratic standards. Specifically, the project aims at strengthening teaching and research capabilities of the Eastern European partners in issues related to democracy and citizenship. The main activities of the project involve: an establishment of a network of excellence to craft the teaching capacities of Serbian and Bulgarian partners for a course on democracy, totalitarianism, and populism and thus achieving a modernization of curriculum for Master and PhD students; designing readings for this new course; an initiation of a mobility scheme program to give rise to better knowledge of the modern methodology and approaches in studying, teaching, and dissemination of scientific results in this area; updating the specialized library; renewal of equipment; preparing of learning tools to transfer knowledge to society to legitimate its funding support, and establishing a network with local journalists. In this regard a special emphasis is put on knowledge transfer to society through transformation of scientific findings into concrete activities for specific target groups - parliamentarians and journalists. The latter will contribute not only to better understanding of the complex issues of democracy but will add prestige and respect to social sciences.
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