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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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A new Bridges pamphlet is coming out! The Tentacles of Circumstance: the Political Consequences of Inequality

In January we will be launching our new Bridges Project publication on the political consequences of inequality.  As usual, our approach is multidisciplinary.  The...

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Historic errors set in stone

Public monuments seem to have become the lightning rod of our cultural wars: from Robert E Lee, to Cecil Rhodes, to intimations that Nelson...

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Developing a new language of persuasion: Counterpoint’s workshops on framing

With public distrust of expertise at an all-time high, and an increasing demand for transparency, the messages of carefully constructed campaigns can easily fail...