I don’t mind saying that I have tried to publish this piece a number of times over the past 6 weeks – and have found no takers! Maybe it’s not very good. Or maybe it...
This collection explores how, in a digital landscape torn between an American model that is largely market-driven on the one hand, and a Chinese model rooted in authoritarian state practices on the other, a European Way of Digital might be the way forward.
Critics argue that the concept of millennials is a construct. And, of course, it is. That’s what social science does. It creates constructs through which we explain the world. The question is whether such constructs are useful.
Counterpoint explored local and personal experiences of migration in communities across four European countries, and here we set out some of the key insights policy-makers might take away from what is an intense emotional experience from the point of view of both host communities and newcomers.
To explore the complex effects of inequality in European societies, this volume brings together essays by scholars of economic history, sociology, psychology and philosophy. This variety allows an exploration of the origins of inequality and the different forms that it takes, essential to understanding the uses and abuses of the concept in political debate.
Public monuments seem to have become the lightning rod of our cultural wars: from Robert E Lee, to Cecil Rhodes, to intimations that Nelson might fall, the past few years constitute a high-water mark for the contestation of collective memory. How do we commemorate the past when the past keeps on changing?
So Emmanuel Macron won, and Marine Le Pen was defeated. Let’s make sure we make the most of this opportunity, of this beautiful reprieve, to build something different: let’s stop paying attention to populist parties and their voters only at election time. We all know the problem runs deeper—and that elections are only one measure of it.
We live in societies in which the speed of information and ubiquity of certain images create an illusion of intelligibility at a time of deepening uncertainty for many. The violence of a violent act is rendered unambiguous as it is repeated on a loop and immediately transformed into a meme. Its mystery vanishing under the certainty of what our eyes can see
Anyone tuning in to listen on June 27 to David Cameron’s statement to the House of Commons on the result of the European Union referendum might have been forgiven for thinking that MPs were busy reviewing who had tipped over the cake-stand at the village fête.
In this Citigroup panel on populist politics and geopolitical risk held before the US elections, Catherine Fieschi, Counterpoint’s Founding Director, answered some of the most pressing questions for policy-makers, investors and corporates.
Avant un débat organisé hier soir à Londres par Citigroup, sur les populismes et les risques géopolitiques, Catherine Fieschi, directrice de Counterpoint, a répondu à quelques questions cruciales pour les investisseurs et les entreprises.
Plant-based diets are spreading throughout Europe, in different countries at different rates, and with mixed receptive audiences. This emerging trend is seeing a culturally diverse Europe find ways to adapt traditional food habits to new pressures and priorities - including climate change, health, and compassion. Counterpoint gathered illustrative data on how European countries take up this trend differently.
We’ve said this before – and we’ll say it again: the rise of populist politics are predicated on the long, slow death of expertise as we knew it and valued it.
Building Bridges is a practical guide to the relationship between values, frames and efforts to build support for equality, human rights and social justice.
The Bridges Project aims to bring new insights from researchers and experts on human behaviour to the attention of policy-makers, politicians and activists, in order to help them work through some of the most sensitive and complex policy dilemmas facing open societies in Europe.
Avant toute chose, nous devons collectivement admettre que nous vivons sous un régime d’incertitude plutôt que de risque. C’est le plus difficile, particulièrement pour celles et ceux qui nous gouvernent : le risque nous fournissait des certitudes qui ne se laissent pas abandonner sans peine ou nostalgie.
In this edited collection we examine the way in which editorial offices have sometimes unwittingly worked in favour of populist parties and politicians, but we also outline the ways in which the media has sought to remain an impartial reporter of transformations and events it had no choice but to cover.
One of the greatest challenges is the captivating power of populist language. We intend this short publication to be a guide for politicians and campaigners who are searching for ways to respond effectively.
This report presents the research findings for the Dutch case study for "Nurturing populism? The impact of the media on the growth of populist right-wing parties in Netherlands, France and Finland", a collaborative project coordinated by Counterpoint.
This report presents the research findings for the French case study of "Nurturing populism? The impact of the media on the growth of populist right-wing parties in Netherlands, France and Finland", a collaborative project coordinated by Counterpoint.
This report presents the research findings for the Finnish case study for "Nurturing populism? The impact of the media on the growth of populist right-wing parties in Netherlands, France and Finland", a collaborative project coordinated by Counterpoint.
This piece examines the relationship of Muslim communities to the UK mainstream between 2005 and 2010. Using the dual backdrop of the country’s embedded multiculturalism policy and its counter-terrorism strategy, the authors brush a picture of a tense yet ultimately resilient relationship.
In this thought-provoking essay, Financial Times journalist Martin Sandbu challenges the traditional picture of Norway as a consensual social democracy and explores the various elements of Norwegian culture that have over time fostered a deep-rooted conspiratorial populism.
This report takes a look at the activities of populist radical right MEPs. It aims to develop an in-depth understanding of how the populist radical right operates within an institution it is often hostile to.
This report explores methods of ‘short-circuiting’ conspiracy theories that contribute to xenophobic populist forces. It investigates the demographics and attitudes of conspiracy theory believers in France.
This volume, part of Counterpoint’s ‘Reluctant Radicals’ series, comprises a set of essays by leading journalists, academics and writers that detail how populism has emerged and developed in ten countries across Europe.
In this exploration of British culture and politics, Julian Baggini starts with the argument that the same springs of populism that fuel the far right in Europe exist in Britain. Baggini argues for the need to look for manifestations of British populism beyond the usual far right suspects.
In this piece, Johanne Mygind and Anders Rasmussen look into the the dramatic success of the Danish People’s Party and Pia Kjærsgaard.
Catherine Fieschi reports from a city buzzing with contradictions, but steeled with many of the cultural codes it needs to meet the challenges it faces.
Support for right-wing populism in Europe has steadily gained attention from media and policymakers over the past decade. Most of this attention has been focused on the core supporters of right-wing populist parties at the expense of the reluctant radicals.
Hoe het populisme kon aarden in Nederland. Dutch journalist Yvonne Zonderop reports on how Dutch society has changed over the last 20 years and how new divisions in society have fuelled the populist movement.
Populismus in Deutschland: Eine Geschichte seiner Mentalitäten, Mythen und Symbole. Herfried Münkler discusses German populism after reunification.
Le Front national, entre extrémisme, populisme et démocratie. Michel Wieviorka argues that an effective opposition to the party must be based on up-to-date knowledge, rather than on good intentions.
Kuinka vaikenevasta Suomesta tuli äänekkään populismin pelikenttä. Finnish journalist Johanna Korhonen outlines the cultural changes that resulted in Finland becoming a playing field for populism.
The Italian populist paradox is alive and kicking in the digital era of social media and blogs. So far it has not careened to the vicious, racist fringe – but rising unemployment, rampant corruption and bleak living conditions are dangerous factors.
Göran Rosenberg explores the hitherto limited success of populist movements in Sweden. This has been partly due to the success of the Swedish model, a tight-knit national community striving for a class-transcending social order based on peace, justice, progress and democracy.
Since the fall of the communist dictatorship in 1989, Poland has gone through powerful and uncontrollable changes: the old political system was replaced by democracy, and the Soviet centralised economy has changed to a market economy.
In this pamphlet Aristos Doxiadis and Manos Matsaganis argue that Golden Dawn is in many ways a manifestation of a world view that is widely shared in Greece, albeit at its most violent extreme.
“These days, we do not lack information about other societies and countries” writes Eva Hoffman, in her introduction to this illuminating collection of essays. But why does this unprecedented level of knowledge not translate into greater understanding?
The word’s out: people still hate the bankers. There is reason indeed to blame people for co-opting unfair rules for their own material benefit. Nevertheless there is a disturbing tendency in the populist discourse on bankers today.
The rise of cloud computing has not only creating a battle for global internet control: it will soon change the ways in which we exercise our creativity and forge relationships.
Does the Occupy/Indignados movement matter? The two big questions are whether it has the potential to change policy and whether it tells us anything important about the world we live in.
The economic and political turbulence of the past nine months is not a throwback to the 1930s, it’s a throwback to the 1530s when print capitalism shook the world. Today, print capitalism is being replaced by digital finance. Expertise is out, populism is in. Can our institutions take it?
Counterpoint's response to July's tragedy in Norway, and an exploration of what it can teach us about elite behaviour, cultural conservatism and political violence.
While 2008 and its shocks marked the first shift away from a domino set of events that began in September of 2001, the years since the financial crash have been years of adapting to the new realities that slowly appeared as the dust from this ‘second crumbling’ settled.
Voter Discrepancy The success of the populist right in Europe tends to come as something of a surprise. This is in part because the political establishment and the press ca...