October 13, 2020: Hungary/Poland

Sponsored by the Jean Monnet EU Center of Excellence for Comparative Populism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Political Science Institute at the University of Brasília.

This international virtual lecture series titled “Populism and the Pandemic- A Comparative Perspective” investigates the response of populists in different countries to the COVID-19 pandemic. The lectures will be held every second Tuesday of the month* at 11 am US Central Daylight Time (CDT)/13.00 Brasília, Brazil (GMT-3)/18.00 Brussels, Belgium (CEST).

*September 2020 hosted two talks, one on September 8th and the other on September 29th.

Registration is required for each lecture, and registration forms will become available on the event page for each event as the date of the event approaches. A maximum of 250 participants are allowed on the platform.


Dr. Agnes Batory is Professor at CEU’s School of Public Policy. She currently serves as Pro-Rector for Social Sciences and Humanities. She holds a PhD from Cambridge University. Her research interests include corruption and corruption control, party politics, and policy implementation and compliance problems in EU governance. She is co-editor of the recent book Policy experiments, failures and innovations, and her articles appeared, among others, in Governance; the Journal of Common Market Studies; the Journal of European Public Policy; Public Administration; Democratization and the European Journal of Political Research. She recently ontributed to the Horizon2020 project Tropico dealing with collaborative governance, Horizon2020 Cohesify on European identification and regional policy, and Horizon2020 Transcrisis on crisis-management in the EU.


Dr. Ben Stanley is Associate Professor at the Centre for the Study of Democracy, SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Warsaw and Visiting Fellow at the University of Sussex. He researches political parties, voting behaviour, democratisation and populism in Central and Eastern Europe. His recently published works include, “Whose Poland Is It To Be? The Struggle Between Monism and Pluralism in Democratic Poland.” East European Politics, Early Access.”Bill, S. and Stanley, B. (2020) and “The Quality of Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe.” Journal of Contemporary European Research, 15:4, pp. 343-353. Stanley, B. (2019).