Solidarity and Populism: A data collection project (SolPop)

Leader: Alexia Katsanidou, Ann-Kathrin Reinl
Scientific unit: Dep. Data Archive for the Social Sciences (DAS)


During the last decade, the European Union (EU) experienced the most extensive threats since its foundation, due to the consequent waves of crises: Financial, political, migration crises. The solution to the crisis was connected to transnational solidarity within the EU framework, and lead to political phenomena such as the spread of populism. Within the EU we see transnational solidarity as a reciprocal than an altruistic concept. Financial assistance comes with expectations for policy adaptation for the creditors, while for the debtors reciprocal solidarity focuses on acceptance of implemented commonly agreed policies that ensure the rejuvenation of their economies as part of the “solidarity deal”. In debtor states reciprocal solidarity was not particularly accepted and was soon picked up by populists. They dubbed reciprocal solidarity unacceptable and framed their discourse against the EU shaping an image of a fighter for the people. This created a new type of representational link, neutralizing the effect of ideological congruence and focusing on emotional representation. This project will develop two instruments to measure (a) reciprocal solidarity and (b) emotional representation in the form of question batteries. They will be tested in a post-election data collection in Greece in May 2019. The results can be used by the members of the LFV Krisen immediately as they will be archived for re-use.


Januar 2019 - Oktober 2019

Sponsored by

Leibniz Forschungsverbund Krisen in einer globalisierter Welt (LFV Krisen)