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ECPR Summer School in Methods & Techniques 2020

Populist Communication and Digital Media

Social Media
Panel Number
Panel Chair
Ilana Seelinger
University of Helsinki
Panel Discussant
Daniel Thiele
University of Vienna

05/09/2019 09:00 - 10:40
Building: (Building C) Faculty of Law, Administration & Economics Floor: 4th floor Room: 401
Populist politicians have proved to be remarkably adept at engaging with the public on social media, and this interaction plays out in numerous different ways. This panel will explore a broad range of populist political communication in the realm of digital media, considering the issue from the sides of both the politicians themselves and their potential supporters. One paper will look at the demand side of populism, investigating how supporters of a Polish political movement engage on Facebook. Another will turn to the French National Front in order to look at the professionalization of a successful populist party and the links between populist parties and online activists. Finally, the third paper will explore a rapidly expanding and very important topic in studies of populism: the power of emotions in populist communications. These papers rely on a variety of different theoretical and methodological approaches, and they are sure to provoke a productive discussion on the present and future of populist communication.

Paper List

Title Details
The Demand Side of Populism and the Web: Investigating How Do Populists' Supporters Engage Online View Paper Details
The French National Front and the Internet: How Populists Leaders Do Politics Online View Paper Details
The Power of Emotions: Populist Communication on Facebook View Paper Details
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