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May 30, 2023

🔮 Populism is not just something that populists ‘are’ – it can also be performed and communicated

Michael Hameleers When facts are disputed and experts delegitimised, the term 'populism' may apply to truths and to untruths. Michael Hameleers argues that populist ideas are often strategically communicated to emphasise a divide between congruent truths and incongruent lies. This only serves to emphasise the idea of a divide between ordinary people and corrupt political elites Read more
May 25, 2023

🔮 Populism on the ground: insights from Romania

Sorina Soare Sorina Soare rebuts the commonly held idea that all populist parties are unstructured organisations, exclusively dependent on their leaders’ communication skills. In Romania, through initiatives such as the creation of a mobile hospital, the populist party has been able to forge stable territorial linkages with diverse groups of voters Read more
May 23, 2023

🔮 Populism beyond methodological nationalism

Mari-Liis Jakobson Mari-Liis Jakobson encourages to pay attention to transnationalising populism, which allows populists to gain knowledge and catch voters who often fly under the radar Read more
May 18, 2023

🔮 Myth: populism is a recent phenomenon

Kirk Hawkins Populism is a chronic condition rather than a recent phenomenon writes Kirk Hawkins. When we recognise the historical roots of populism, we can manage this challenge to liberal democracy Read more
May 12, 2023

🔮 Populist citizens do not reject liberal democracy

Maurits Meijers Maurits Meijers and Andrej Zaslove address the ‘myth’ that populist beliefs among citizens are harmful for liberal democracy. Using insights from recent research, they argue that highly populist citizens are not more likely than other citizens to reject the principles of liberal democracy Read more
May 9, 2023

🔮 Lost in the shuffle: local politics in populism studies

Eliška Drápalová The study of populism has typically focused on national-level politics, leaving subnational politics lost in the shuffle. Eliška Drápalová argues that underestimating the importance of the sub-national level limits our understanding of the impact that populist movements have – and misses the fascinating developments happening below the national surface Read more
May 4, 2023

🔮 Uncovering the realities of populism in Japan

Masaru Nishikawa Japanese media and academics continue to link populism with specific political positions. Yet studies show that this is not the case. Masaru Nishikawa raises the fundamental question of whether populism exists in Japan Read more
May 2, 2023

‘Active Clubs’: a new collaborative phenomenon on the far-right scene

Jack Wippell Increased cooperation between a subset of far-right street-gangs – Active Clubs – has largely passed under the radar. Jack Wippell argues this constitutes a ‘new’ threat, and draws from research on extremist organisations to explore what might follow. He highlights several limitations in what we know, and calls for immediate collaboration between researchers and practitioners Read more

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