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Public Understanding of Science: Science-related populism

Populism is on the rise in many countries - including scientists and scholarly institutions being targeted by populists. But the specifics of such science-related populism have not yet been conceptualized. In a new paper, IKMZ scholars Niels Mede and Mike Schäfer propose to conceptualize science-related populism as a set of ideas which suggests that there is a morally charged antagonism between an (allegedly) virtuous ordinary people and an (allegedly) unvirtuous academic elite.

Mede, N. G., & Schäfer, M. S. (2020). Science-related populism: Conceptualizing populist demands toward science. Public Understanding of Science. doi:10.1177/0963662520924259 (Link to article)