“The rigidity of the Hungarian education system can be a very strong barrier to migration motivation,” our Research Fellow Vera Messing said to Qubit. It is based on "nerdification, uniformization," our Research Fellow Zsuzsanna Arendas added.
Inequalities and Democracy
Challenges to democratic rule are intimately interlinked with individual access to democratic institutions, value formation, and articulation of needs. Research in this area will focus on the intersecting inequalities along the lines of race and ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religion, nationality, migration status, as well as processes of group and identity formation. It will investigate the causes of these inequalities at the local and global levels and their consequences for social inclusion, political participation and democratic governance. The group will also address questions of citizenship through the study of migration patterns, policies and outcomes, spatial and regional disparities, as well as the construction and deconstruction of the concept of national and internal “borders”. We will examine inequalities reflected in and generated by social policies and their relationship to different types of governance regimes, along with their impact on the political capacity of marginalized groups.
A separate workstream will focus on questions of gender and democracy, exploring the use of gender in patterns of democratic governance as well as the consequences of gender regimes for inequalities, mobilization and social and political inclusion.
The workgroup will further investigate the use of new democratic techniques, such as participatory budgeting or deliberative and digital decision-making, from the point of view of the inclusive translation of social demands into public policies.
In this area, we will build on the body of research on equality and social justice, governance and participation, social policy and welfare regimes, and development policy at the Center for Policy Studies, which has become part of the CEU Democracy Institute.
Main activities in Academic Year 2021/2022
The workgroup will explore contemporary politics and policy formations that address inequality mechanisms in Europe and beyond. Further, the workgroup will pursue conceptual and empirical inquiries that connect the wider equality, social justice, and social policy agendas with outstanding democracy puzzles, such as backsliding in equality and human rights mechanisms, knowledge production in illiberal regimes, and the emergence of new forms of social solidarity. The workgroup is organized into two research streams which will be linked by already active research endeavors and new initiatives. We discuss the research agenda of each stream below.
Stream 1: Social and political polarization
This stream focuses on local, global, transnational, and multi-scalar forces that shape experiences and manifestations of social polarization. Polarization experiences embraced by political attention and mobilization efforts will be closely investigated. The stream will host theoretical discussions from various disciplines, initiate inquiries connecting contemporary and historical perspectives, and link approaches centering on social norms, ideas, institutions, and material conditions of life. The stream will encourage exchanges between scholars working with quantitative, qualitative, big data, ethnographic, historical, and combined methodological tools.
1. Inequalities, education, and democracy: the sources, manifestations, and consequences of educational inequalities, social and geographical mobility in and via education, democracy in educational institutions amidst ideological battles over ownership, curriculum, and minimum inclusion standards, vulnerable groups in educational institutions.
2. Social justice and social movements: the legacies and transformations of established human rights and minority rights organizations, new intersectional and transversal civil society alliances, political empowerment of social movements and citizens groups emerging from pre- or non-political collective actions (Covid-19 solidarity, refugee supporting and refugee actions groups), transnational advocacy coalitions.
3. Labor, labor rights, care work, and migrant work: new hierarchies and fragmentation in the ‘regular’ and precarious labor force and the political repercussions, entangled inequalities in production and reproduction in varieties of capitalisms and social policy regimes, gender, ethnic, nationality/citizenship, and age hierarchies and labor rights.
Stream 2. Gender and democratic governance
Studies on democracy have ignored or marginalized the importance of the concept of gender, gender difference and inequality. This has become especially problematic in the last decade or so when discourses on, as well as policies regulating gender relations and sexuality have been growing in numbers and in significance for political decision making and political communication. This stream will explore this tightening connection from a multi-disciplinary, comparative perspective with the conviction that close attention to the concept and practice of gender allows a better understanding of the logic of political governance, as well as processes of democratization and de-democratization. Research activities and initiatives will be pursued along the following lines:
1. Gender, sexuality, and de-democratization: research and projects in this cluster analyzes how the backlash on gender impacts gender policies and governance. It looks into policy backsliding and its gendered aspects. It also investigates the impact of de-democratization on civil society actors active in the field of gender equality including an analysis of shrinking or reconfiguring civic space new forms of civic organizing and resistance and links to democratic revival. Specific attention will be devoted to path dependencies of gender-based exclusion in democratization processes and the critical junctures in forming backlash against gender as well as resilient struggles for democracy.
2. Hate speech, gender, and political communication: research initiative will dwell on radical rightwing, populist, and conservative backlash against gender equality paradigms and policy mechanisms, mobilization for various ideological and political programs through authoritarian gender ideals, alliances of political parties, civil society, and media platforms.
|Violetta Zentai||Lead Researcher / Research Fellow / CEU Associate Professor|
|Taraf Abu Hamdan||Research Assistant|
|Zsuzsanna Arendas||Research Fellow|
|Abel Beremenyi||Research Affiliate|
|Andrew Cartwright||Research Fellow / CEU Associate Professor|
|Cansu Civelek||Post-doctoral Fellow|
|Cristina Corduneanu-Huci||CEU Research Affiliate / CEU Associate Professor|
|Michael Dorsch||CEU Research Affiliate / CEU Associate Professor|
|Anil Duman||CEU Research Affiliate / CEU Associate Professor|
|Olena Fedyuk||Research Affiliate|
|Anna Fejos||Research Affiliate|
|Dorottya Fekete||Research Assistant|
|Roland Ferkovics||Policy Officer|
|Alberto Fierro||OSUN Post-doctoral Fellow|
|Eva Fodor||CEU Research Affiliate|
|Adrienn Gyory||Post-doctoral Fellow|
|Marek Hojsik||Policy Officer|
|Agnes Kende||Research Affiliate|
|Andrea Krizsan||Senior Research Fellow / CEU Professor|
|Julius-Cezar MacQuarie||Research Affiliate|
|Inna Melnykovska||CEU Research Affiliate / CEU Assistant Professor|
|Vera Messing||Research Fellow|
|Andras Molnar||Research Affiliate|
|Gabor Petri||OSUN Post-doctoral Fellow|
|Peter Rado||Research Affiliate|
|Laura Rahm||Marie Sklodowska-Curie Research Fellow|
|Dorottya Redai||Research Affiliate|
|Leyla Safta-Zecheria||Research Affiliate|
|Bernadett Sebaly||Research Affiliate|
|Julia Szalai||Senior Research Affiliate / CEU Professor|
|Dorottya Szikra||Research Fellow|
|Georgiana Turculet||Research Affiliate|
|Zsuzsanna Vidra||Research Affiliate|