Team Populism brings together renowned scholars from Europe and the Americas to study the causes and consequences of populism. We seek to answer why some populist parties, leaders or movements are more successful than others understanding populism as a combination of individual and contextual issues (“demand side”) and the availability of successful leaders (“supply side”). For more information, see the Team’s webpage.
Poder e Mul(j)er:
This project addresses the conditions and implications of women´s political representation. How and why get women elected? What role does legislators’ gender play in the policies that they sponsor, in the committees on which they sit and in deputies’ perceptions of their roles as legislators? And what are the consequences of women’s representation for society and the quality of democracy? Although these questions have been examined in an array of countries around the world, this has often occurred in a piecemeal fashion and largely in the framework of single case studies. Mulh(j)er e Poder takes a comparative approach and will answer the above questions by applying an integrated theory of women’s representation to two critical cases, Portugal and Spain.
Principal Investigator: Nina Wiesehomeier. Research Team: Tània Verge (Universitat Pompeu Fabra), Leslie Schwindt-Bayer (Rice University), Ana Espírito-Santo. Grant awarded by the Portuguese Ministry of Science and Technology, 07/2013 –
12/2015, 77.950 €.
The Project presented here fully focuses on the symbolic dimension of political representation and seeks to answer the following question: What impact(s) does increased women’s political presence have on the political attitudes and behavior of traditionally under-represented groups (women) as well as on over-represented groups (men )?. Increases in women’s political presence occurred in recent decades have been mainly due to the use of affirmative action. Since gender quotas have been justified, among other reasons, by the positive effect on the quality of democracy and the representative process, it is necessary to examine whether this theoretical expectation has empirical correspondence. It is complementary to the project Poder e Mulh(j)er.
Principal Investigator: Tània Verge (Universitat Pompeu Fabra). Grant awarded by the Spanish Ministry for Economy and Competition, 1/01/2014 – 31/12/2015 (extended until 30/09/2015) 44.770,00 €, (FEM2013-45719-P)
The News, Immigration Attitudes, and Ideology in Latin America
Principal Investigator: Nina Wiesehomeier, Co-Investigator: Iñaki Sagarzazu (University of Glasgow). Grant awarded by the Swansea Research Initiative Funding (RIF): £3,990
Economic Crisis, Social Change and New Political Actors:
(Crisis económica, cambio social y nuevos actores políticos). Principal Investigator: Iván Llamazares (University of Salamanca). Grant awarded by the Spanish Ministry for Economy and Competition (2013 Excellency call), 01/01/2014 – 31/12/2017, 49.610 € (CSO2013-47667-P)
New Political Conflicts and Party Strategies:
A Comparative Analysis of the Politicization of Identity, European Integration and Immigration. Principal Investigator: Iván Llamazares Valduvieco, University of Salamanca (Spain). Analysis of new political-cultural issues in interparty competition in Europe and Latin America. In particular, this project will examine the politicization of three types of conflicts relative to the character and limits of the political community: namely those linked to ethno-cultural identities, immigration and supranational integration. Grant awarded by the Spanish Ministry for Economy and Competition, 01/01/2010 – 31/12/2013 (CSO-2010-15143)