Speaker: Benjamin de Cleen (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) and Bart Bonikowski (New York University) Are populist parties nationalist? Are nationalist parties populist? How can parties as diverse as SYRIZA in Greece and the Dutch Freedom Party be both populist and nationalist? In this session, our guests delve deeper into the populist-nationalist nexus. This roundtable will examine… Read More »Round Table – The Populist-Nationalist Nexus
Speaker: Roman Senninger (University of Aarhus) and Luca Manucci (University of Lisbon) How populists communicate is often seen as an important element of populist success. Populists are often accused of using emotion, anger, and simplicity to mobilize supporters. Media outlets such as twitter and facebook are seen as optimal venues for populists. The papers this… Read More »Effects of Populist Communication
Speaker: Jasmin Sarah König (University of Hamburg) and Michael Jankowski (University of Oldenburg) The literature on populists is divided: should populist pose a threat to democracy or should they be seen as a democratic corrective? The papers this week focus on the link between populist and liberal democracy. This week's sessions address two questions: Do… Read More »Populism and Illiberalism
Speaker: Hilde Coffe (University of Bath), and Ov Cristian Norocel (Lund University) While the research on populism has blossomed, its intersection with gender is still in its infancy. Only recently, studies started to scrutinise the gender dimension of populist (racial right) parties’ politics. Understanding this dimension has substantial implications. Who votes for populist parties cannot… Read More »Gender and Populism
Speaker: Noam Gidron (Hebrew University) and Elena Baro (Norwegian University of Science and Technology) Besides defining populism, the field has mostly tried to understand why citizens vote for populist parties. Explanations include parties’ ideological positions, party competition but also individual-level explanations such as attitudes on representation, sociodemographic factors, and issue salience. This session provides new… Read More »New Perspectives on Populist Success
Speaker: Laura Jacobs (Université Libre de Bruxelles) and Miku Matsunaga (University of Tokyo) The direct effects of populist parties’ government participation have been in the centre of scholars attention. Much less attention has been devoted to indirect effects through the diffusion of ideas and populists’ effect on the party system. The two papers in the… Read More »Mainstreaming Populism
Speaker: Gijs Schumacher (University of Amsterdam) and Rodolfo Sarsfield (Autonomous University of Queretaro) As populists often operate using emotional messages and try to convince their audiences beyond simple issue positions the psychology of populism received more and more attention. How and why do we react to populist messages? Why do the appeal to some but… Read More »The Psychology of Populism
Roundtable: Assessing the Study of Populism Speakers: Hans-Georg Betz, University of Zurich Paul Taggart, University of Sussex Nonna Mayer, Sciences Po According to the media and political pundits, populism is often seen as a recent phenomenon. As populism researchers, we know, however, that this is not the case. Populist parties began to emerge within… Read More »Roundtable: Assessing the Study of Populism
Speaker: Tom Theuns (University of Leiden) and Gizem Kaftan (Boston University) The relationship between populism and democracy has received substantial scrutiny among populism scholars. While the arguments and evidence usually suggest that populists in government undermine democracy, democratic consolidation has often been named as a core mitigating factor. Despite the EU’s efforts to champion liberal… Read More »Militant democracy in Europe
Speakers: Sofia Ammassari (Griffith University) and Luca Versteegen (University of Gothenburg) While populist parties have moved towards the political mainstream, it still may be unpopular to be populist. In other words, it may not be socially acceptable to vote for populist parties or even be a member of them. However, we lack systematic evidence to… Read More »Ostracised because of their politics?
Speakers: Lisa Zehnter (WZB) and Brett Meyer (Institute for Global Change) Populist actors are faced with challenges both within their own populism and from their environment. Today’s speakers investigate how populists react to these challenges: how do they solve the inherent puzzle of who does and does not belong to the ‘good people’ and how… Read More »How populists react to challenges
Roundtable: Is anti-populism the way to react to populism? Speakers: Kirk Hawkins, Brigham Young University Leonie de Jonge, University of Groningen Giorgos Katsambekis, Loughborough University Populist parties have become a permanent part of our political landscape with substantial impacts on the political mainstream. For example, the former president of the United States, Donald J.… Read More »Roundtable: Is anti-populism the way to react to populism?