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Shaping the vote: politics and populism in the media

On 15 May, Counterpoint held the discussion panel Shaping the vote: politics and populism in the media. The event took place at the Lecture Theatre of the Free Word Centre.

Does the media influence support for populist parties? Does coverage of issues like immigration, the economy and political scandals exacerbate or merely reflect citizens’ feelings of anxiety and dissatisfaction with politics? We had a fascinating discussion panel exploring the possible effect of the media on the electoral prospects of UKIP, the Front National in France, the PVV in the Netherlands, and the Finns Party in Finland.

You can watch a podcast of the event here.

The event was part of the project ‘Nurturing populism? The impact of the media on the growth of populist right-wing parties in Netherlands, France and Finland’, coordinated by Counterpoint and supported by the Foundation for Democracy and Media and the Wihuri Foundation.

Speakers included:

Jiska Engelbert, Erasmus University Rotterdam (lead researcher on the project for the Netherlands);

Erkka Railo, University of Turku (lead researcher on the project for Finland);

Gael Villeneuve, Laboratoire Communication et Politique (lead researcher on the project for France);

Martin Sandbu, Financial Times;

Sunder Katwala, Director of British Future;

Suzanne Moore, Columnist for the Guardian;

Catherine Fieschi, Director of Counterpoint, moderated the event


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