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Populism, Twitter and the European Public Sphere

Social Media Communication in the EP Elections 2019

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Overview

  • Focuses on the comparison between different EU countries during the 2019 EP elections campaign
  • Introduces a new perspective in conceptualizing populism in comparative analysis
  • Special attention is paid to national/transnational and European/Eurosceptic tendencies in campaign rhetoric

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About this book

This volume approaches the relationship between European public sphere and political communication in the framework of establishing populism and social media. The empirical analysis focuses on the comparison between different EU countries during the 2019 EP elections campaign. The data for the analysis was collected real time from Twitter in the Netherlands, Germany, Finland, Italy, Spain, Ireland and the UK. during a month period and are analyzed with both computerized quantitative and manual qualitative methods.

The book introduces a new perspective in conceptualizing populism in comparative analysis, in which populism is understood rather as an antagonist logic of political identity formation than pre-defined political ideologies, movements or party cleavages. We approach implications of populist construction of ‘us’ and ‘not us’ in national contexts of 2019 EP election campaigns to find out the relationality between different political actors and parties. A special attention is paid to national/transnational and European/Eurosceptic tendencies in campaign rhetoric. By using a unique idea of ‘hashtag publics’ we approach the common Twitter discussions around the elections and ask: what particular topics and themes did different political actors distribute over Twitter during the 2019 EP elections, how were various topics and actors linked to each other, and how were campaign agendas and actors linked to populism?

Chapter-No.1,Chapter-No.4 and Chapter-No. 8 are available open access under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License via link.springer.com.

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Table of contents (8 chapters)

  1. Democratic Corporatist Countries

  2. Polarised Pluralist Countries

  3. Liberal Countries

Editors and Affiliations

  • Media and Communication Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland

    Juha Herkman

  • Helsinki Institute for Social Sciences and Humanities (HSSH); Political Science, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland

    Emilia Palonen

About the editors

Juha Herkman is an Associate Professor of Media and Communication Studies at the University of Helsinki, Finland.

Emilia Palonen works as a Senior University Lecturer in Political Science at the University of Helsinki.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Populism, Twitter and the European Public Sphere

  • Book Subtitle: Social Media Communication in the EP Elections 2019

  • Editors: Juha Herkman, Emilia Palonen

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-41737-5

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Literature, Cultural and Media Studies, Literature, Cultural and Media Studies (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2024

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-031-41736-8Published: 31 March 2024

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-031-41739-9Due: 14 April 2025

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-031-41737-5Published: 30 March 2024

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XLIV, 253

  • Number of Illustrations: 15 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Political Communication, Social Media

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