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Populist communication in talk shows and social media: a comparative content analysis in four countries


Blassnig, Sina; Ernst, Nicole; Büchel, Florin; Engesser, Sven (2018). Populist communication in talk shows and social media: a comparative content analysis in four countries. Studies in Communication - Media (SCM), 7(3):338-363.

Abstract

To understand populism, it is crucial to understand populist political communication. We investigate how politicians across the political spectrum employ populist communication in different non-institutionalized communication arenas. Populism is defined as a thin ideology and three dimensions of populist communication are distinguished: people-centrism, anti elitism, and exclusion. We analyze politicians’ statements in talk shows and social media (Twitter and Facebook) in four Western democracies. The Analysis shows that populist communication is context-dependent and that the use of the three dimensions varies across political systems, media channels, and party types.

Abstract

To understand populism, it is crucial to understand populist political communication. We investigate how politicians across the political spectrum employ populist communication in different non-institutionalized communication arenas. Populism is defined as a thin ideology and three dimensions of populist communication are distinguished: people-centrism, anti elitism, and exclusion. We analyze politicians’ statements in talk shows and social media (Twitter and Facebook) in four Western democracies. The Analysis shows that populist communication is context-dependent and that the use of the three dimensions varies across political systems, media channels, and party types.

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Other titles:Populistische Kommunikation in Talk-Shows und Social Media: eine vergleichende Inhaltsanalyse in vier Ländern
Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Department of Communication and Media Research
Dewey Decimal Classification:700 Arts
Uncontrolled Keywords:Populism, political communication, talk show, social media, political parties
Language:English
Date:1 October 2018
Deposited On:05 Nov 2018 16:42
Last Modified:05 Nov 2018 16:42
Publisher:Nomos
ISSN:2192-4007
OA Status:Green
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.5771/2192-4007-2018-3-338

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