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Populist politics and the media: a comparative study

What part has the media played in the rise of populist politics and populist politicians in Europe?  For many the media in its various forms has shaped the debate in ways that have been favourable to the kinds of simplistic soundbites that are the hallmark of populism.  For others, the sensationalism of populist politics has made them a natural go-to for an undustry desperate to keep afloat commercially.  The reality however is far more subtle than that, and varies from country to country.  In this edited collection we examine (with the help of researchers and journalists) the way in which editorial offices have sometimes unwittingly worked in favour of populist parties and politicians, but we also outline the many ways in which the media has sought to remain an impartial reporter of transformations and events it had no choice but to cover.

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Re-imagining the Open Society in the Digital Age: A Bridges Project Position Paper

The guiding question for the 2019 Bridges Retreat is a broad one: if emerging digital societies supported social well-being and liberal democracy, what would...

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The Italian Job:  learning to cope with populists?

We are at turning point in the way in which the mainstream deals with populists.   For those of us who have been studying...

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Bonne Année – Local realities of migration: emotions, institutions, conflict and cooperation

Counterpoint explored local and personal experiences of migration in communities across four European countries (France, Germany, Sweden and Italy), and here we set out...