IVO and Heinrich Böll Stiftung held a workshop on national populism
IVO in cooperation with Heinrich Böll Stiftung (Germany) organized a workshop focused on issues related to national populism in Slovakia (Bratislava, November 7, 2008). The event was held within the project National Populism vs. Inter-Cultural Dialog in Slovakia: Political Factors and Values. The main objective of the project is to identify possible ways of diminishing the efficiency of populist strategies, neutralization of populist appeals, elaboration of the adequate response against populist nationalist illiberal politics and strengthening the elements of inter-cultural dialog in Slovak society. Participants from Slovakia, the CzechRepublic and Hungary analyzed factors shaping the national-populist politics in the context of value orientations of the population and performance of political parties. At the end of 2008 IVO will release analytical study on national populism in Slovakia in Slovak and English edition.
From the left: Eva van de Rakt (Director of the Heinrich Boell Stiftung Office, Prague) and Martin Bútora (IVO) opened the event. Discussants of the first panel: Grigorij Mesežnikov (IVO), Samuel Abrahám (Bratislava International School of Liberal Studies), László Szarka (Institute for Ethnic Minorities, Hungarian Academy of Science, Budapest) and Peter Učeň (Dept. of Political Science, Comenius University)-
Discussants of the second panel: (from the left): Silvia Miháliková (Institute for European Studies, Comenius University), Kálmán Petocz (Forum Minority Research Institute), Grigorij Mesežnikov (IVO), Ivan Gabal (Gabal Analysis and Consulting, Prague) and Oľga Gyárfášová (IVO).