Within the framework of the project Mechanism for the prevention of radicalisation – young people and the police together, in addition to quantitative research and focus groups with young people, we also conducted individual semi-structured interviews with representatives of institutions that deal with the topic of radicalisation prevention.
Our aim is to know the undercurrents and factors that influence extremism and radicalisation among young people. Therefore, our interviews with representatives of various institutions focused primarily on their own perceptions of the phenomenon, the factors that influence it and the social situation that may influence young people to take the extremist side. We also focused on the topic of trust in institutions and young people’s voice, which have been shown in various research to be important factors related to this topic.
In our research, we also looked at the challenges we face as a country on the topic of radicalization and how the state approaches it through its policies and legislative settings, or by supporting different organizations in implementing prevention programs.
An important part of the research was also to learn about the specific activities of individual organisations and institutions in order to implement the project effectively in its next phases and to build on what is already working in practice.
This publication is therefore a basic analysis of the institutional perspective on the topic of preventing radicalisation of young people.
This publication is published as part of the project ‚Mechanism for the Prevention of Radicalisation and Extremism-Police and Youth Together‘, which is supported by the ACF-Slovakia programme, funded by the EEA Financial Mechanism 2014-2021. The programme is managed by the Ekopolis Foundation in partnership with the Open Society Foundation Bratislava and the Carpathian Foundation.