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Extreme parties and populism: an analysis of Facebook and Twitter across six countries


Ernst, Nicole; Engesser, Sven; Büchel, Florin; Blassnig, Sina; Esser, Frank (2017). Extreme parties and populism: an analysis of Facebook and Twitter across six countries. Information, Communication and Society, 20(9):1347-1364.

Abstract

Parties are adapting to the new digital environment in many ways; however, the precise relations between populist communication and social media are still hardly considered. This study compares populist communication strategies on Twitter and Facebook employed by a broad spectrum of left-wing, center, and right-wing political actors in six Western democracies. We conduct a semi-automated content analysis of politicians’ social media statements (N = 1400) and find that populism manifests itself in a fragmented form and is mostly used by political actors at the extremes of the political spectrum (both right-wing and left-wing), by opposition parties, and on Facebook.

Abstract

Parties are adapting to the new digital environment in many ways; however, the precise relations between populist communication and social media are still hardly considered. This study compares populist communication strategies on Twitter and Facebook employed by a broad spectrum of left-wing, center, and right-wing political actors in six Western democracies. We conduct a semi-automated content analysis of politicians’ social media statements (N = 1400) and find that populism manifests itself in a fragmented form and is mostly used by political actors at the extremes of the political spectrum (both right-wing and left-wing), by opposition parties, and on Facebook.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Department of Communication and Media Research
Dewey Decimal Classification:700 Arts
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > Communication
Social Sciences & Humanities > Library and Information Sciences
Uncontrolled Keywords:Populist communication, social media, opposition party, politics, content analysis, online communication
Language:English
Date:2017
Deposited On:26 Sep 2017 11:03
Last Modified:08 Apr 2020 21:29
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:1369-118X
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1080/1369118X.2017.1329333

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