The New Face of Digital Populism
- 15th May 2012, 04:00PM
Nationalist populist parties and movements are now a force to be reckoned with in many Western European countries. Their rise in popularity has gone hand-in-hand with the advent of social media, and they are adept at using new technology to amplify their message, recruit and organise. In November 2011, Demos released The New Face of Digital Populism, the first ever survey of online fans of these parties and groups, including data on who they are, what they think and what motivates them to shift from virtual to real-world activism. It also provided new insight into how populism — and politics and political engagement more generally — is changing as a result of social media.
Demos is releasing a series of briefing papers on each country surveyed for this research, setting out results for each group and examining the prospects of growth for these parties. The report for Denmark will be launched for discussion at this event, held in collaboration with Cevea, the British Council and the Open Society Institute. Speakers will include:
- Jens Jonatan Steen, Head of analysis, Cevea
- Jamie Bartlett, Head of the Violence and Extremism programme at Demos.
- Søren Villemoes, Debater and journalist at Weekendavisen
Presentations will be followed by a panel discussion featuring:
- Peter Skaarup, Deputy Chairman in the Danish Peoples Party
- Jacob Bjerregaard, Member of Parliament for The Social Democrats
- Cem Arslan, New Danes Youth.
The event will take place on Tuesday 15 May at 4:00pm – 6:00pm in Copenhagen. Attendance is free, please register by emailing your name and organisation to firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘Demos’ in the subject line.