Beyond backsliding: Polish abortion laws from a democratic transition perspective

In the past 10 years, Poland has gone from a Third Wave transition success story to the fastest backsliding democracy in the world (V-Dem Institute Report, 2021). Rapidly declining quality of democracy has been ascribed to the populist right-wing government first formed by Law and Justice (PiS) in 2015 and its attacks on democratic institutions. […]

Italy as (Yet Again) A ‘Lighthouse’ for Anti-Gender and Anti-Immigration Politics

In 2016, the President of Family Day – Difendiamo I Nostri Figli, a prominent Italian anti-gender organization, defined Italy as a ‘lighthouse’ in safeguarding Western (read as ‘Christian and white’) civilization. Since 2013, when Italian anti-gender campaigns began to emerge, the country had been framed as an outpost to counter an alleged ‘gender ideology’ (an […]

Anti-gender campaigns in a gender-equal country – The case of Sweden

April 2023. The parties of the Swedish coalition government as well as the ethnonationalist Sweden Democrats, on whose parliamentary support the government relies, declare that the right to abortion is so fundamental that it should be inscribed in the Swedish constitution.  August 2023. Stockholm Pride. Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson decides to hang a rainbow […]

CCINDLE’s Third Consortium Meeting and Second Feminist Democracy Lab in Belgium

The CCINDLE project held its third consortium meeting from 13-15 September, 2023 in the beautiful Antwerp in Belgium. For those three days, CCINDLE partners met and discussed the progress and challenges of the work packages at the University of Antwerp. A clear highlight of the meetings was the second Feminist Democracy Lab which was organised […]

Deepening Democracy: the Inspiring Example of the Argentinean Feminist Mobilization

This year’s gathering of the International Political Science Association in Buenos Aires from 15-19 July 2023, had a particular feminist flavour, despite being a mainstream political science conference; with vibrant panels assessing the successes and aftermath of the massive feminist mobilisations in the region. The Ni Una Menos protest that started in Argentina in 2015 had […]

How anti-gender fearmongering challenges democracy in Hungary 

Anti-Gender (AG) campaigns – such as those targeting gender and sexual minorities and/or women’s rights – have become key components of conservative / right wing politics in the past decade in many countries. Hungary is an extreme example, where AG rhetoric has been instrumentalised by the government led by the Fidesz-KDNP Party Alliance who gained […]

Teaching material on gender equality and opposition to it in the European Parliament available now!

In recent years, the EUGenDem ‘Gender, party politics and democracy in Europe: a study of the European Parliament’s party groups’ research project funded by the European Research Council (ERC) considerably advanced our knowledge about gender equality in the European Union; notably by investigating the gendered policies and practices of the European Parliament’s political groups. Political […]

CCINDLE: The Political Meaning of Theory

It is obvious thing to say that every scientific research needs theory. Theories provide us with abstract categories and their, more or less precise, definitions. They suggest connections between different elements of social realities and characterise them in a way that help us understand how society works, evolves or stays the same. Thanks to certain […]

CCINDLE’s consortium meeting in Amsterdam

From the 19th to 21st of April, all consortium partners got together at the University of Amsterdam for CCINDLE’s first consortium meeting following the kick-off meeting last autumn. The consortium had grown since our last in-person meeting, with many new researchers having joined the CCINDLE team – so it was great to meet all the new team members in […]