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Thrown around with abandon? Popular understandings of populism as conveyed by the print media: a UK case study

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posted on 05.03.2015, 14:57 by Tim Bale, Stijn van Kessel, Paul Taggart
This article examines the use of the term ‘populism’ in the UK print media and compares this with the scholarly usage. It assesses whether there is truth in the claim that the media uses the term too freely and imprecisely. Our finding indicate that populism is used for a wide range of seemingly unrelated actors across the world, that it is hard to find any logic in the set of policies that are associated with the term, and that populism is, more or less explicitly, regularly used in a pejorative way. Despite these findings, we refrain from labelling populism a useless term. We will, however, indicate that the inconsistent vernacular use of the term complicates a meaningful academic debate about the concept.

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  • Social Sciences

Department

  • Politics and International Studies

Published in

ACTA POLITICA

Volume

46

Issue

2

Pages

111 - 131 (21)

Citation

BALE, T., VAN KESSEL, S. and TAGGART, P., 2011. Thrown around with abandon? Popular understandings of populism as conveyed by the print media: A UK case study. Acta Politica, 46 (2), pp. 111 - 131.

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© Macmillan Publishers Ltd.

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Publication date

2011

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This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in Acta Politica. The definitive publisher-authenticated version BALE, T., VAN KESSEL, S. and TAGGART, P., 2011. Thrown around with abandon? Popular understandings of populism as conveyed by the print media: A UK case study. Acta Politica, 46 (2), pp. 111 - 131 is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/ap.2011.3

ISSN

0001-6810

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en

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