Populist political communication in Europe

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Publication Date 2018
ISBN 978-1-138-65479-2 (hbk) | 978-1-138-61482-6 (pbk) | 978-1-315-62301-6 (ebk)
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In an increasing number of countries around the world, populist leaders, political parties and movements have gained prominence and influence, either by electoral successes on their own or by influencing other political parties and the national political discourse.

While it is widely acknowledged that the media and the role of communication more broadly are key to understanding the rise and success of populist leaders, parties and movements, there is however very little research on populist political communication, at least in the English-speaking research literature.

Originating from a research project funded by European Cooperation in the field of Scientific and Technical Research (COST), this book seeks to advance this research. It includes examinations of 24 European countries, and focuses on three areas within the context of populism and populist political communication: populist actors as communicators, the media and populism and citizens and populism.


  1. Introduction: comprehending populist political communication | Toril Aalberg and Claes H. de Vreese
  2. Populist political communication: toward a model of its causes, forms, and effects | Carsten Reinemann, Toril Aalberg, Frank Esser, Jesper Strömbäck and Claes H. de Vreese
  3. Denmark: the rise of the Danish People’s Party | Christian Martin Bächler and David Nicolas Hopmann
  4. Finland: from agrarian to right-wing populism | Ov Cristian Norocel
  5. Norway: populism from anti-tax movement to government party | Anders R. Jupskås, Elisabeth Ivarsflaten, Bente Kalsnes and Toril Aalberg
  6. Sweden: no longer a European exception | Jesper Strömbäck, Ann-Cathrine Jungar and Stefan Dahlberg
  7. Austria: candidate-centred and anti-immigrant right-wing populism | Desirée Schmuck, Jörg Matthes and Hajo Boomgaarden
  8. Belgium: the rise and fall of populism research | Benjamin De Cleen and Peter Van Aelst
  9. Germany: is the populism laggard catching up? | Nayla Fawzi, Magdalena Obermaier and Carsten Reinemann
  10. Ireland: the rise of populism on the left and among independents | Jane Suiter
  11. The Netherlands: a heartland full of insights into populist communication | Michael Hameleers, Linda Bos and Claes H. de Vreese
  12. Switzerland: favourable conditions for growing populism | Nicole Ernst, Sven Engesser and Frank Esser
  13. The United Kingdom: hybrid populisms, mixed fortunes, and unstable support | James Stanyer, Cristina Archetti and Lone Sorensen
  14. France: the reluctance to use the word populism as a concept | Nicolas Hubé and Naomi Truan
  15. Greece: populism between left and right | Stylianos Papathanassopoulos, Iliana Giannouli and Ioannis Andreadis
  16. Israel: right-wing populism and beyond | Naama Weiss Yaniv and Keren Tenenboim-Weinblatt
  17. Italy: a breeding ground for populist political communication | Giuliano Bobba and Guido Legnante
  18. Portugal: discreet populisms amid unfavourable contexts and stigmatization | Susana Salgado and José Pedro Zúquete
  19. Spain: populism from the far right to the emergence of Podemos | Karen B. Sanders, Rosa Berganza and Roberto de Miguel
  20. Bosnia and Herzegovina: populism in transition | Nedžma Džananović and Mia Karamehić
  21. Croatia: the rise of populism on the path from communism to European integration | Marko Mustapić and Ivan Hrstić
  22. Czech Republic: the rise of populism from the fringes to the mainstream | Ondřej Císař and Václav Štětka
  23. Hungary: home of empty populism | Péter Csigó and Norbert Merkovity
  24. Poland: a fourth wave of populism? | Agnieszka Stępińska, Artur Lipiński, Agnieszka Hess and Dorota Piontek
  25. Romania: populist ideology without teeth | Nicoleta Corbu, Delia Balaban-Bălaş and Elena Negrea-Busuioc
  26. Slovenia: populism as political marketing | Jernej Amon Prodnik and Boris Mance
  27. Populist actors as communicators or political actors as populist communicators: cross-national findings and perspectives | James Stanyer, Susana Salgado and Jesper Strömbäck
  28. Populism and the media: cross-national findings and perspectives | Frank Esser, Agnieszka Stępińska and David Nicolas Hopmann
  29. Citizens and populist political communication: cross-national findings and perspectives | Carsten Reinemann, Jörg Matthes and Tamir Sheafer
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LSE: Europp Blog, 03/09/2016: Us and them: How populist parties get their message across https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/europpblog/2016/09/03/us-and-them-how-populist-parties-get-their-message-across/

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