FATIGUE is the project of six universities, aiming to explain and interpret the transition fatigue of post-Communist societies, as well as 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 emphasise 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.