The Effects of Populism

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Panel Chair
Theresa Gessler
European University Institute
Panel Discussant
Marcel Lewandowsky
Helmut-Schmidt-University/University of the Armed Forces Hamburg
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09/09/2017 16:00
Building: BL20 Helga Engs hus Floor: Basement Room: HE U35
Though the concept of populism has become central to research on political parties, populist parties and politicians are still often treated as an anomaly or exception. Populism is typically examined as a consequence of mainstream parties' failure to convince and represent voters.
This panel brings together studies that take a different perspective by viewing populism not as a result but as a cause of changes in party systems, political campaigns and the quality of democracy. It inquires into the effects of populism and populist rhetoric on a variety of actors and institutions. To grasp populism and populist rhetoric as phenomena that interact with and affect their environment, the papers employ concepts such as contagion and the mainstreaming of a populist communication style.

Paper List

(Non-)Populism in Austria. An Analysis of the Contagiousness of Populism in the Austrian Presidential Elections 2016 View Paper Details
Anti-Establishment Discourse and Mainstreaming Political Agency. A Comparative Framework of Populist Strategies of Representation View Paper Details
Populism as a Communication Style: Toward a Normalization in Political Communication View Paper Details
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