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The Adaptability Of
Populist Discourse
GREECE AND FINLAND IN COMPARISON	

Paris Aslanidis (University of Macedonia)
Tuukka...
INTRODUCTION	

Populism as reaction to (sense of) crisis
(Post)-2008 crisis affected European countries differently
Simila...
GDP / capita
debt / GDP
UNEMPLOYMENT
FINNISH POLITICS	

0
10
20
30
40
50
60
70
1987 1991 1995 1999 2003 2007 2011
Conservatives
Soc. Dem.
Rural/Finns
Centre
Le...
GREEK POLITICS	

0	

20	

40	

60	

80	

100	

120	

140	

160	

180	

1989 I	

 1989 II	

 1990	

 1993	

 1996	

 2000	
...
POPULISM	

“[A]n ideology that considers society to be ultimately separated
into two homogeneous and antagonistic groups, ...
FRAMEWORK	

ECONOMY:
Debtors vs. creditors
POLITICS:
Stable consensus vs. “populist democracy”
IDEOLOGY:
The people vs. it...
METHODS / DATA	

Content analysis
Qualitative & quantitative
In-vivo “grounded” codebook
Discursive material: blogs, speec...
ENEMIES OF
The Adaptability of Populist Discourse: Greece and Finland in Comparison
The Adaptability of Populist Discourse: Greece and Finland in Comparison
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ISA World Congress of Sociology, Yokohama 2014

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The Adaptability of Populist Discourse: Greece and Finland in Comparison

  1. 1. The Adaptability Of Populist Discourse GREECE AND FINLAND IN COMPARISON Paris Aslanidis (University of Macedonia) TuukkaYlä-Anttila (University of Helsinki)
  2. 2. INTRODUCTION Populism as reaction to (sense of) crisis (Post)-2008 crisis affected European countries differently Similarities & differences in populist mobilizations across Europe
  3. 3. GDP / capita
  4. 4. debt / GDP
  5. 5. UNEMPLOYMENT
  6. 6. FINNISH POLITICS 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 1987 1991 1995 1999 2003 2007 2011 Conservatives Soc. Dem. Rural/Finns Centre Left Greens Swedish Christian D. Others Seats in parliament, 1987–
  7. 7. GREEK POLITICS 0 20 40 60 80 100 120 140 160 180 1989 I 1989 II 1990 1993 1996 2000 2004 2007 2009 2012 I 2012 II ND SYRIZA PASOK ANEL XA DIMAR KKE LAOS Others Seats in parliament, 1989–
  8. 8. POPULISM “[A]n ideology that considers society to be ultimately separated into two homogeneous and antagonistic groups, ‘the pure people’ versus ‘the corrupt elite’, and which argues that politics should be an expression of the volonté generale (general will) of the people.” (Mudde 2004)
  9. 9. FRAMEWORK ECONOMY: Debtors vs. creditors POLITICS: Stable consensus vs. “populist democracy” IDEOLOGY: The people vs. its enemies How does enemy construction work in these different contexts?
  10. 10. METHODS / DATA Content analysis Qualitative & quantitative In-vivo “grounded” codebook Discursive material: blogs, speeches
  11. 11. ENEMIES OF

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