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24 September 2012

Bilbao, 12 and 13 September 2012 - The FIDUCIA project offers key findings on "populistic discourse" and trust-based policy

The first Progress Meeting of the FIDUCIA project took place in Bilbao on 12 September 2012.

Partners met to discuss the status of ongoing research on European crimes, and future developments of a model of trust-based policy to fight penal populism across Europe.

In the first six months of the project, activities were designed to map the state of the art with regard to crime trends, policies and the topic of trust in justice.

Innovative research was carried out in Hungary by IPS, under the guidance of Zsolt Boda, in an attempt to map the populistic discourse in political speech and media communication with regard to the recent "three-strikes-and-you-are-out" rule. A paper was also produced by Paolo Campana (OXFORD) and the University of Parma team to contrast the respective advantages and disadvantages of fear-based and trust-based policy.

On 13 September 2012, the FIDUCIA members and external experts participated in the European Society of Criminology (ESC) Annual Reunion, which was attended by more than 800 delegates. Various sessions were led by FIDUCIA team members, to maximize dissemination of findings with regard to new European crimes and the topic of trust and confidence in justice.

The main session saw team members Stefano Maffei (UNIPR - Italy), Rita Haverkamp (MPI-CC) Mike Hough (BBK -London), Jon Jackson (LSE) and Zsolt Boda (IPS) outlining the mission, concept and early findings of the FIDUCIA projetc. The session was attended by more than 60 non -Fiducia experts and attracted several questions from the audience.

Attendees were particularly intrigued by the approach taken by the project in the analysis of current European emergencies and wondered whether the FIDUCIA project will indeed be able to have an impact on policy making at the domestic and supra-national level. Sergio Carrera (CEPS - Belgium) reassured that appropriate action is being taken already to approach key people in Brussels so to make sure that the FIDUCIA findings will make a difference in future policy making.

In separate sessions FIDUCIA team member Ben Bradford (OXFORD) presented a paper on the 2011 London Disorder while team members Jon Jackson, Jouni Kuha and Katrin Kohl (LSE) led a session on : “Why Do People Comply with the Law”.

Osman Dolu (ASI-Turkey) presented a paper in the session: “Hirschi’s Reconceptualization of Self-control” and team members Evaldas Visockas, Judita Zujauskaite and Margarita Dobrynina presented papers in the session on Criminal Justice System I.

The FIDUCIA team will meet in Parma in March 2013 and later, in Budapest at the next Reunion of the European Society of Criminology.