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Talking Like a Populist? Exploring Populism in Six Western Democracies

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dc.contributor.advisor Lopez-Santana, Mariely Stuvland, Aaron Matthew
dc.creator Stuvland, Aaron Matthew 2022-08-03T20:18:32Z 2022-08-03T20:18:32Z 2021
dc.description.abstract This dissertation focuses on when and why political parties ‘talk like populists’—or use populist ideas, concepts, and frames to appeal to voters. By analyzing the campaign speeches and party manifestos of all parties contesting elections since 2002 in Austria, France, Germany, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States, I find that parties’ use of populism is substantively linked to outsider or challenger status and does not appear to be a useful rhetoric for governing. Overall, I find that mainstream parties have not increased their populism in the last two decades while populist parties have decreased their reliance on populism in response to electoral success.
dc.format.extent 309 pages
dc.language.iso en
dc.rights Copyright 2021 Aaron Matthew Stuvland
dc.subject Political science
dc.subject European politics
dc.subject parties
dc.subject party behavior
dc.subject populism
dc.subject rhetoric
dc.subject text analysis
dc.title Talking Like a Populist? Exploring Populism in Six Western Democracies
dc.type Dissertation Ph.D. in Political Science Ph.D. Political Science George Mason University

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