Political populism and media

Simon Hilstrøm, Alessandra Xiluwa Nyeleti Amadeu Bæhr, Emil Senius Johansen & Lotte van Riel

Studenteropgave: Kandidatprojekt


Populism has become a global phenomenon in recent time since the rise and success of populist parties around the world. This had lead to an increase in the research done revolving around the phenomenon called populism. This literature review explores populism and the way it correlates with media. In this context, the review will at first seek to grasp the ambiguous concept of populism and thereafter focus on the relationship between populism and the media in the way populist actors use the media, the way the media views and covers populist movements and at last how citizens’ populist attitudes are influenced.
Furthermore, we distinguish the methodological approaches of the selected literature and discuss what the results of this section entail for the research on this topic. We find various methods applied by the scholars and also discover a mix of methods of primary and secondary sources.
In the last section we identify numerous obstacles to a more comprehensive understanding of the interplay between populism and media. Three of these obstacles are we describing in more detail. The first one is the concept of populism as several of the key scholars can not agree to a definition meaning that they all make their by combining other definitions. This makes the concept ambiguous and propose challenges for future research. Another obstacle is the concept of media. The new media landscape have merged traditional media, tabloid media and social media together in different forms which makes it harder to distinguish between them. After characterizing the difficulties of the two concepts we discuss the causal link between the two and ask if the media is to considered a contributing factor for the rise of populism.

UddannelserGlobal Studies, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato27 maj 2019
VejledereSilas Harrebye