Panel: “It’s the economy, stupid! No, it’s something else.” The Rise of Illiberalism and Populism in Post 89/ 91 Eastern Europe

Panel: “It’s the economy, stupid! No, it’s something else.” The Rise of Illiberalism and Populism in Post 89/ 91 Eastern Europe

Introduction: Stefan Melle, Transition Dialogue representative, Germany

Caroline Hornstein Tomić, Institute of Social Sciences Ivo Pilar, NECE Advisory Board, Croatia
Oksana Huss, Interdisciplinary Corruption Research Network (ICRN), Germany/Ukraine
Jan Sowa, Sociologist, Philosopher, Design critic, Poland
Krassen Stanchev, Institute for Market Economics, Bulgaria

Moderation: Louisa Slavkova, Sofia Platform, Bulgaria

This panel is designed by Transition Dialogue 2019-2021, a network of scholars and citizenship educators from seven Eastern European countries (transition-dialogue.com). Its key objective is to make sense of the experience of transition in post-Cold war Eastern Europe and transfer these insights and controversies into new contents and formats of civic education. In this workshop, we are looking at the role of economic and social disparities between the ‘West’ and the ‘East’ as well as in the transformation countries and ask if (social) inequalities are the only driving force for discontent and populism.