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What Drives Populist Styles? Analyzing Immigration and Labor Market News in 11 Countries


Wettstein, Martin; Esser, Frank; Büchel, Florin; Schemer, Christian; Wirz, Dominique S; Schulz, Anne; Ernst, Nicole; Engesser, Sven; Müller, Philipp; Wirth, Werner (2019). What Drives Populist Styles? Analyzing Immigration and Labor Market News in 11 Countries. Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, 96(2):516-536.

Abstract

The success of populist political actors in Western democracies and the dramatization and emotionality of political communication in news media have been the object of several theoretical and empirical studies in the past decade. It has been argued that the mediatization of politics and the convergence of populist and tabloid communication styles foster these developments by mutual promotion in mass communication. This article uses a cross-national quantitative content analysis to disentangle associations among news genres, populist actors, content, and style. In spite of indisputable prevalence of populist styles in tabloid style media, populist ideology is identified as their strongest source.

Abstract

The success of populist political actors in Western democracies and the dramatization and emotionality of political communication in news media have been the object of several theoretical and empirical studies in the past decade. It has been argued that the mediatization of politics and the convergence of populist and tabloid communication styles foster these developments by mutual promotion in mass communication. This article uses a cross-national quantitative content analysis to disentangle associations among news genres, populist actors, content, and style. In spite of indisputable prevalence of populist styles in tabloid style media, populist ideology is identified as their strongest source.

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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
Uncontrolled Keywords:Communication; Populism; Political Communication; Tabloid
Language:English
Date:1 June 2019
Deposited On:29 Nov 2018 13:38
Last Modified:31 May 2019 01:01
Publisher:Sage Publications Ltd.
ISSN:1077-6990
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1177/1077699018805408
Project Information:
  • : FunderSNSF
  • : Grant ID51NF40-151577
  • : Project TitleChallenges to Democracy in the 21st Century (Phase 3)

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