PhD Early Stage Researchers for ‘Delayed Transformational Fatigue in Central and Eastern Europe: Responding to the Rise of Illiberalism/Populism’ (FATIGUE)

Corvinus University of Budapest, Faculty of Social Sciences and International Relations

Program Description

PhD Early Stage Researchers for ‘Delayed Transformational Fatigue in Central and Eastern Europe: Responding to the Rise of Illiberalism/Populism’ (FATIGUE)

Corvinus University of Budapest, Faculty of Social Sciences and International Relations

OPEN POSITIONS

We are looking for Early Stage Researchers for this project!

The Corvinus University of Budapest, Institute of World Economy, is seeking to appoint three high-caliber Early Stage Researchers (ESR) to join the Marie SkłodowskaCurie Innovative Training Network on ‘Delayed Transformational Fatigue in Central and Eastern Europe: Responding to the Rise of Illiberalism/Populism’ (FATIGUE).

Application deadline: 28th February 2018

Position: Early Stage Researcher

Location: Corvinus University of Budapest (Years 1 and 3), and University College London or University of Tartu (Year 2)

Working Time: Full Time (40 hours per week)

Duration: Fixed-Term (1st August 2018 – 31st July 2021)

Salary: Annual gross salary € 23,797 (more information in job description)

JOB DESCRIPTION and APPLICATION GUIDE:

Vacancy 1: ESR8_1211

Vacancy 2: ESR9_1211

Vacancy 3: ESR14_1211

WHAT IS H2020 FATIGUE?

FATIGUE is the project of five universities, aiming to explain and interpret the transition fatigue of post-Communist societies.

Following the collapse of state socialism, the liberalization of public life, the democratization of politics, the abolition of state-run economies and the introduction of markets commenced in the states of the former Soviet bloc. These necessary yet socially costly transformations never ran smoothly and in the same direction in all the post-communist states but by the mid-2000s the most successful countries, clustered in Central Europe and the Baltic, seemed to have managed to consolidate liberal democracy. Then something snapped. The political trajectory veered off in new directions as populist parties started gaining more support. All populists engage in delegitimizing the democratic system in the name of unconstrained majoritarianism. Now we have two cases (Hungary and Poland) where right-wing populists are in power and dismantling the institutions of checks and balances and cases where the dominance of technocratic or left populists (Czechia, Slovakia) seems to risk democratic erosion. FATIGUE aims to explain and interpret this puzzling U-turn, reflect on its delayed emergence, diagnose its consequences and propose viable policy solutions. 15 ESRs will be appointed at six partner universities.

FATIGUE is designed to interpret and explain this delayed swing in the direction of right-wing populism, by studying four interrelated phenomena:

  • Social, economic, and cultural “costs” of post-communist transformations, including low levels of trust in the elites and democratic institutions as well as still feeble legal cultures
  • The increased susceptibility of certain segments of CEE populations to discourses that emphasize transformational failures rather than successes.
  • The strengthening of political forces and entrepreneurs espousing illiberal discourses and forming populist organizations and movements.
  • The composition, strategies, and relative strength/weakness of parties and actors who support liberal and ‘cosmopolitan’ political platforms and cultural programmes.

All Early Stage Researchers will be enrolled on a Ph.D. programme at one of at one of the six participating universities, coming together as a cohort for a series of training workshops on research design, methodology, research-to-policy/stakeholder engagement, and publications. In the second year of the programme, all ESRs will spend up to 10 months at another partner university as well as carry out a secondment at a non-academic partner. The consortium is composed of six academic partners and 12 non-academic organizations, whose breadth and caliber make this programme stand out in its field. Prof Jan Kubik and Dr. Richard Mole of UCL SSEES lead the group that includes:

  • The University of Belgrade, Serbia
  • Charles University, Prague, the Czech Republic
  • Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary
  • Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland
  • Tartu University, Estonia

WHAT IS H2020 FATIGUE?

FATIGUE is the project of five universities, aiming to explain and interpret the transition fatigue of post-Communist societies.

More information about the project can be found here: http://worldeconomy.hu/our_projects/fatigue/

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated February 14, 2018
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Hungary - Budapest
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Hungary - Budapest
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