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Populism and the Media: The Next Big Topic of Political Communication Research?

While populist leaders have a long tradition in Latin America, it is only in the past couple of years that populist parties have also been gaining ground in Europe – be it right-wing populist parties in the wealthy countries of Northern Europe or left-wing populist parties in the crisis-ridden countries of Southern Europe. In addition, the Brexit in the UK and the election of Donald Trump in the US have served as eye-openers to many, making them realize that populism has become a highly significant transnational trend. Although political science has been dealing with populism for a long time, there has been a lack of an original communication-centered approach. In his talk, Frank Esser will explain the relevance of populism research from a unique political communication perspective and present a model that specifies the role of old and new media. A particular focus is on the role of the media as an independent political actor. Based on findings from an international comparative research project at the University of Zurich, he explains how and where populism occurs in the Western media and what to think of it.

Frank Esser

Professor of International & Comparative Media Research, University of Zurich

Frank Esser is a leading authority in comparative communication research. He chairs the Political Communication Section of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA).


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