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Francesco Melito

ESR 2: The role of culture and tradition in the shift towards illiberal democracy (Jagiellonian University)

Francesco Melito studied Political Science and International Relations at Roma Tre University and European and International Studies at the University of Trento. During his studies, he took part in several exchange programmes in the Czech Republic and Poland, which aroused his interest in Central and East European politics. His Master’s thesis examined European integration in the post-communist region and the phenomenon of populism, which has become his main field of interest. He has taken two gap years and has had the opportunity to travel and work in many countries around the world. 

As part of the FATIGUE programme, Francesco will conduct an analysis of the illiberal turn in Poland as expressed through the articulation of a neo-traditionalist hegemonic project. He is supervised by Zdzisław Mach and Natasza Styczyńska at Jagiellonian University and Jiří Vykoukal and Maria Asavei at Charles University in Prague.

Work in Progress:

Finding the Roots of Neo-traditional Populism in Poland. ‘Cultural Displacement’ and European Integration