The Expression of Right-Wing Populism in the Netherlands across Facebook Posts

Fischer, Agneta and Brands, Charlotte and Abadi, David (2020) The Expression of Right-Wing Populism in the Netherlands across Facebook Posts. Other. -, OSFPreprints.

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DOI: 10.31219/osf.io/35puf
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Abstract

When it comes to political communication on social media, Facebook has arisen as one of the most important platforms. Recent research on populist discourses provides evidence for populist ideology fragments emerging across Facebook posts. Moreover, the level of populist language styles and the adoption of typical populist rhetoric appears to be ‘endemic' across political actors across the whole political spectrum, even among non-populist ones. In total, 51 posts from Geert Wilders were analyzed before and 71 in the period after the 2019 Dutch elections (N = 122). This study tackles the use of the founding elements of populist communication strategies: references to the people, references to the elites, and references to the others. For a populist leader, Wilders’ Facebook posts do not contain many references to the people. Instead, he focuses on the elites (e.g., the EU) and on the others (e.g., Muslims or asylum seekers). The clearest difference between the pre- and post-election period seems to be that Wilders gradually changes his populist communication strategies from a focus on the elites, to a focus on the others. In doing so, he uses more references to religion and blaming the others. He also refers more to people within the country (asylum seekers and immigrants) in the post-election period (36,6%) than in the pre-election period (23,5%). His posts show clear examples of populist nativism, while he paints a picture of a battle between the Netherlands and the EU (the elites), Muslims or asylum seekers (the others).

Item Type: Monograph (Other)
Title in English: The Expression of Right-Wing Populism in the Netherlands across Facebook Posts
Keywords in English: Baudet, Communication Strategies, Facebook, FvD, Netherlands, Political Communication, Populism, PVV, Right-Wing Populism, Social Media, Wilders
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Institute for Political Science
Research funder: European Union, Research and Innovation Action, Horizon 2020, DEMOS grant number 822590
Depositing User: Enikő Meiszterics
Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2021 12:29
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2021 12:29
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