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Europeanisation or fragmentation of Populism? The role of social policy and policy diffusion

Project Description

The aims of this study are:

1) To understand the role of policy diffusion and policy learning in the context of contemporary populist politics
2) Identify mechanism that help explain how populist social policy approaches are incorporated (or resisted) in the policymaking process.
3) Identify the common denominators, if any, between populist parties’ social policy approaches.


Approaches to this question may include singe case studies or comparative case studies, looking either at populist parties in power or the social policy discourse and policy proposals of populist parties in opposition. The expectation is that the project will engage in innovative mixed method techniques that combine quantitative analysis (e.g. secondary data analysis, parliamentary records) and qualitative (e.g. in-depth case study analysis, process tracing).


Applicants must apply using the online form on the University Alliance website at Full details of the programme, eligibility details and a list of available research projects can be seen at

The final deadline for application is 12 April 2019.

Funding Notes

DTA3/COFUND participants will be employed for 36 months with a minimum salary of (approximately) £20,989 per annum. Tuition fees will waived for DTA3/COFUND participants who will also be able to access an annual DTA elective bursary to enable attendance at DTA training events and interact with colleagues across the Doctoral Training Alliance(s).

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 801604.

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