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Recapturing Europe’s Reluctant Radicals

December 2011: Counterpoint are delighted to announce further details of the project phases for our major initiative  Recapturing Europe’s Reluctant Radicals.

Phase One: Drawing the Profiles (September 2011 – September 2012)

Counterpoint’s dedicated research team will work towards identifying the political and social attitudes and behaviours which characterise a ‘reluctant radical’. Analysing several data sets – the European Value Study, the European Electoral Studies and the European Social Survey – they will define two typologies which identify a ‘reluctant radical’. This first phase is integral because it is important not to homogenise all of the supporters of all the European radical parties as ‘extremists’, but rather to identify and understand the specific nature of the ‘reluctant radical’.

Phase Two: Sharpening the Local Image (January 2012 – June 2013)

This phase of the project aims to explore and understand the country-specific contexts from which the reluctant radicals have emerged. Counterpoint will commission depth studies for nine – ten countries, to be completed by high-level experts, including academics, journalists and distinguished public figures. The studies will aim to draw a picture of the local cultures, societies, feelings and perceptions, to compliment our profiles of the reluctant radicals.

Phase Three: Exploring Reality (September 2012 – September 2014)

Building on the results of phases one and two, Counterpoint will then partner with organisations and institutions in Finland and France to explore (through face-to-face interactions) the political realities and attitudes of domiciled citizens. This will enable us to better understand the social wholes into which the reluctant radicals fit. Drawing on this detailed picture, Counterpoint and our partners will prepare informed policy recommendations for reintegrating the reluctant radicals into mainstream politics.

The project is funded by the Open Societies Foundation. Read more about it here

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