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Max Weber Programme for Postdoctoral Studies

Call for abstracts | Populism and its networks

The Max Weber Programme is accepting abstracts for the workshop on ‘Populism and its networks: diffusion, learning, and illiberal policy change’, taking place on 15 May 2024 at the European University Institute (EUI).

05 March 2024 | Event


Under what conditions do populist politics and illiberal public policy diffuse? Are these groups creating a coherent ideological platform?

This one-day workshop aims to address these questions, bringing together scholars from across the humanities and social sciences to study the diffusion of radical right-wing populism and illiberal policy in Europe.

The call for applications welcomes scholars who study the issue from a variety of perspectives seeking to combine efforts to understand this phenomenon. In particular, this workshop seeks contributions from scholars on the following research questions:

  • To what extent have radical right-wing populist parties and movements constructed a coherent legal and political framework?
  • What are the structures and impacts of networks between actors, both domestically and internationally?
  • How are these legal and political concepts translated into jurisprudence and public policy?

Limited funding to provide travel and accommodation grants to early-career researchers is available for candidates from the Widening countries:

Inside the European Union: Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, and Slovenia.

Outside the European Union: Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Kosovo1, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Moldova, and Ukraine.

More information on the call here. The deadline to submit an abstract is 20 March 2024.


1This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244(1999) and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.

Last update: 19 April 2024

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