A 'Common Sense Revolution'? Eurosceptic Contestations in the European Parliament
Tanja A. Börzel, Miriam Hartlapp
This research project studies contestations within the EU political system, namely that of Eurosceptic parties within European Parliament. The research focuses on how Eurosceptic contestations evolve within political institutions as well as how Eurosceptic party positions evolve at the EU and national level in the EP.
Debating the Legitimacy of Borders: How the Inclusion and Exclusion of Migrants and Refugees is Justified Across the World
Jürgen Gerhards, Steffen Mau, Marianne Braig
The project aims to understand how state borders are legitimized across different countries by comparing how such legitimacy is publicly debated. The liberal script offers conflicting views on the topic. It grants nation states the right to control their borders in the name of self-determination while also recognizing an individual's rights against arbitrary exclusion. Increasing global migration and refugee flows in recent years have highlighted this tension.
High hopes and broken promises: Young adult life courses in Senegal
Andreas Eckert, Anette Fasang
The research project investigates the demographic, historical and sociological conditions of Senegal that may give rise to contestations of the liberal script, particularly by its young adults. Many post-colonial countries in Africa have followed the liberal script – implementation of democracy, free markets and expanded education – yet have failed to achieve the liberal promises of meritocracy and prosperity. Such failed promises may lead to disillusioned youths that question the liberal script, resulting often in emigration that in turn threatens the borders and stability of the destination liberal democracies.
Performing the Liberal Script: Audiovisual Arts and the Aesthetics of Self-Determination
This research project takes a look at the audiovisual and aesthetic components of the liberal script, particularly as they appear in classical music and other forms of artistic expression. The premise is that while the liberal script has yielded positive results, it has failed in selling its accomplishments by way of emotional attraction, aesthetic vision and artistic inspiration.
Social Inequalities, Migration and the Rise of Populist Parties
Johannes Giesecke, Heike Klüver, Martin Kroh
This project seeks to examine the combined roles that socioeconomic inequality, migration, and populist-party rhetoric play in the rise of European populist protest. The hypothesis is that extremist parties – in order to mobilize voters – have exploited (perceived) inequalities and recent migration trends in their campaign strategies by a) strategically appealing to nationhood as the boundary of an imagined in-group and b) depicting immigrants as an economically and culturally harmful out-group.
Towards a Typology of Contestations
Stefan Gosepath, Michael Zürn
The synthesis research project aims to survey and categorize contestations of the liberal script, which vary globally in both type and underlying purpose. To properly understand the contestations and their causes and consequences, a useful typology needs to be developed. The project aims at a categorization according to the actors or dissenters, their normativity, as well as the emotions, strategies and processes used in achieving their goals.
‘Transformative Constitutionalism’ and the Borderlines of Liberalism
Tobias Berger, Philipp Dann
The project is interested in the socioeconomic visions that guide societal transformations towards justice and equality in the global South. The aim is to analyze non-liberal conceptualizations of social transformation and their relationships to the liberal script, with a particular focus on India.