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The Illiberal Turn?

At a key point in time when Central and Eastern Europe is witnessing the rise of populist leaders, resurgence of illiberal nationalism, and a shift towards authoritarian forms of government, this ESRC-funded project will carry out a comparative analysis of the relationship between news consumption, democratic attitudes and political behaviour in four CEE countries – Poland, Czechia, Hungary and Serbia.

Scheduled to run from May 2019 until November 2021, the project will be using a novel multi-method analytical framework that combines survey data, digital tracking of media consumption, as well as media diaries and qualitative interviews with audiences. The project has also a significant impact component, which will be realised through collaboration with several partner organisations representing European media regulators, journalists and researchers, including the European Platform of Regulatory Authorities (EPRA), European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom (CMPF) or the Centre for Media, Data and Society at the Central European University (CEU).

The project is co-led by Dr Václav Štětka (Principal Investigator) and Professor Sabina Mihelj (Co-Investigator), both from the School of Social Sciences, Loughborough University.