In the European Union, roughly a quarter of likely voters would currently opt for populist politicians, whose policies centre on fighting against some outside enemy, the rejection of political pluralism and the irreconcilable conflict between the “people” and the elites/experts. Although the problem of rising populism is becoming a more and more researched topic, there are very few if any serious analyses that offer an antidote to populism.
The central objective of this book is to offer potential and effective answers to NGOs, politicians or anyone who wants to counter populism. We hope that the proposed country-specific and European progressive answers of this publication can be useful for wider parts of society than hate-based populism, as we also believe that they provide insights for Progressives to better respond to the problems and fears of those social groups that are most susceptible to the allure of populism.
This book is for all those readers who believe in the importance of a progressive future for Europe.
Authors: Ernst STETTER, Tamás BOROS, Maria FREITAS, Johannes HILLJE, Chloè MORIN, JUSSI PAKKASVIRTA and Luigi TROIANI
This book is a part of the Populism Tracker project, a joint research project by Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) and Policy Solutions, and realised in collaboration with Kalevi Sorsa Foundation, Fondation Jean Jaurès, Das Progressive Zentrum and Fondazione Pietro Nenni.