Radicalism and extremism

Political Capital was among the very first institutions to initiate organised research into Hungarian extremist movements. Our Institute constantly monitors and analyses the operation of domestic and international radical movements, while simultaneously examining the needs and drivers for extremist ideologies within society. Along with our research, we are committed to help the struggle against radicalisation and extremist dialogue through communication guidelines, educational material, and training seminars.

In one of our most innovative project to date, we developed DEREX, the Demand for Right-wing Extremism Index. Based on data from the European Social Survey, DEREX is a measure of the demands and needs in societies that help nurture right-wing extremism in more than 30 countries.

Building on such work, in several of our own research projects we examined such phenomena as the tendency towards conspiratorial thinking and the characteristics and development of anti-Roma and anti-Semitic feelings. In the future, we plan to undertake similar research into prejudices against the LGBTQ community and refugees.

Political Capital is now recognised internationally for its work on research into radicalism, in which we have cooperated with numerous prominent and respected organisations.

As part of the European Union's Prevention of and Fight against Crime Programme (ISEC), we developed a unique research methodology to measure political violence. We are present in the European Commission’s advisory body dealing with the prevention of radicalisation and the dissemination of good practices, and we are members of the Radicalisation Awareness Network Centre of Excellence, the European Comission’s expert group.

For any enquiries about our research on radicalism, extremism and political violence, please contact our chief analyst, Bulcsú Hunyadi.

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