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

We would like to invite all students interested in the topic of POPULISM for the meetings with Ben Stanley “Voting Populist or Just Voting for Populists? A Comparative Analysis of Populist Attitudes and Vote Choice in Central and Eastern Europe”

Dates: November 6th, 2017 at 11:30, room 125 or November 7th at 13:15, room 120.

BEN STANLEY is Lecturer in the Centre for the Study of Democracy at the SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities. A political scientist, he received a PhD in Government from the University of Essex, and has worked at the Institute for Public Affairs in Bratislava, the Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw, and the University of Sussex in Brighton, United Kingdom (as Marie Curie Intra-European Fellow). His primary area of research interest is the politics of populism in Central and Eastern Europe, incorporating analysis of party ideological appeals and voter behaviour. His current research activities include an experimental analysis of the links between conspiracy theory mentality and populism in Poland, measurement of populist attitudes in Central and Eastern Europe, and a monograph on Polish populism.

Abstract: The paper uses data from a new survey on populism and voting behaviour in eight countries of Central and Eastern Europe to examine the relationship between populist attitudes, ideological attitudes, and voting behaviour. In keeping with the ‘pathological normalcy’ theory of populism (Mudde 2010), we find that populist attitudes are commonplace rather than ‘niche’ in character, and that they are associated with a radicalisation of mainstream ideological issues rather than with a discrete set of concerns. However, there is little evidence that populist attitudes have a direct and significant influence on voting behaviour. The paper extends the comparative reach of an emerging body of research into populist attitudes in Western Europe and Latin America, and also contributes to ongoing methodological work on the measurement of populist attitudes.