The studies in this volume conceptualize populism as a type of political communication and investigate it comparatively, focusing on (a) politicians’ and journalists’ perceptions, (b) media coverage, and (c) effects on citizens.

This book presents findings from several large-scale internationally comparative empirical studies, funded by the European Cooperation in the field of Scientific and Technical Research (COST), focusing on communication and the media within the context of populism and populist political communication in Europe. The studies are based on comparative interview studies with journalists and politicians, a large-scale comparative content analysis, and a comparative cross-country experiment using nationally representative online-surveys over 15 countries. The book also includes advice for stakeholders like politicians, the media, and citizens about how to deal with the challenge of populist political communication.

This enlightening volume is ‘populist’ in the best sense and will be an essential text for any scholar in political science, communication science, media studies, sociology and philosophy with an interest in populism and political communication. It does not assume specialist knowledge and will remain accessible and engaging to students, practitioners and policymakers.

Chapter 1 and 12 of this book are freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 3.0 license.  https://tandfbis.s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/rt-files/docs/Open+Access+Chapters/9781138392724_oachapter1.pdf


chapter 1|14 pages


Comprehending and Investigating Populist Communication From a Comparative Perspective
ByCarsten Reinemann, James Stanyer, Toril Aalberg, Frank Esser, Claes H. de Vreese
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part Part I|54 pages

Populism and Communicators

chapter 2|17 pages

Perceptions of Populism and the Media

A Qualitative Comparative Approach to Studying the Views of Journalists and Politicians
BySusana Salgado, James Stanyer

chapter 3|17 pages

Journalists’ Perceptions of Populism and the Media

A Cross-National Study Based on Semi-Structured Interviews
ByJames Stanyer, Susana Salgado, Giuliano Bobba, Gergő Hajzer, David Nicolas Hopmann, Nicolas Hubé, Norbert Merkovity, Gökay Özerim, Stylianos Papathanassopoulos, Karen B. Sanders, Dusan Spasojevic, Lenka Vochocová

chapter 4|18 pages

Politicians’ Perceptions of Populism and the Media

A Cross-National Study Based on Semi-Structured Interviews 1
BySusana Salgado, James Stanyer, Gergő Hajzer, David Nicolas Hopmann, Bente Kalsnes, Guido Legnante, Artur Lipiński, Norbert Merkovity, Stylianos Papathanassopoulos, Karen B. Sanders

part Part II|72 pages

Populism in the Media

chapter 5|31 pages

Dimensions, Speakers, and Targets

Basic Patterns in European Media Reporting on Populism
BySina Blassnig, Patricia Rodi, Keren Tenenboim-Weinblatt, Kinga Adamczewska, Lilia Raycheva, Sven Engesser, Frank Esser

chapter 6|21 pages

Journalistic Culture, Editorial Mission, and News Logic

Explaining the Factors Behind the Use of Populism in European Media
ByPeter Maurer, Nicolas Hubé, Václav Štětka, Cristina Cremonesi, Antonella Seddone, Signe Ringdal Bergan, James Stanyer, Marian Tomov, Naama Weiss, Sven Engesser, Frank Esser

chapter 7|18 pages

Event-, Politics-, and Audience-Driven News

A Comparison of Populism in European Media Coverage in 2016 and 2017
ByFrank Esser, Agnieszka Stępińska, Ondřej Pekáček, Antonella Seddone, Stylianos Papathanassopoulos, Dobrinka Peicheva, Ana Milojevic, Sina Blassnig, Sven Engesser

part Part III|92 pages

Populism and Citizens

chapter 8|25 pages

The Persuasiveness of Populist Communication

Conceptualizing the Effects and Political Consequences of Populist Communication From a Social Identity Perspective
ByMichael Hameleers, Carsten Reinemann, Desirée Schmuck, Nayla Fawzi

chapter 9|15 pages

Investigating the Effects of Populist Communication

Design and Measurement of the Comparative Experimental Study
ByMichael Hameleers, Ioannis Andreadis, Carsten Reinemann

chapter 10|24 pages

Cognitive Responses to Populist Communication

The Impact of Populist Message Elements on Blame Attribution and Stereotyping
ByNicoleta Corbu, Linda Bos, Christian Schemer, Anne Schulz, Jörg Matthes, Claes H. de Vreese, Toril Aalberg, Jane Suiter

chapter 11|26 pages

Attitudinal and Behavioral Responses to Populist Communication

The Impact of Populist Message Elements on Populist Attitudes and Voting Intentions
ByIoannis Andreadis, Cristina Cremonesi, Evangelia Kartsounidou, Dominika Kasprowicz, Agnieszka Hess

part Part IV|20 pages


chapter 12|18 pages

Adapting to the Different Shades of Populism

Key Findings and Implications for Media, Citizens, and Politics
ByClaes H. de Vreese, Carsten Reinemann, James Stanyer, Frank Esser, Toril Aalberg
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