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populism, crisis, discourse
The aim of this paper is two-fold. The first is to put forth a method for analyzing how populism functions as a discursive practice. I seek to formulate an understanding of populism that highlights the phenomenon’s three essential discursive features. I refer to these features as “the people”, “the elite”, and “the crisis”. The second aim of this paper is to expand on the contingent and socially constructed nature of “crisis”. I intend to show how populism is inextricably linked to the construction of “crisis” and how populists use crisis narratives to justify their undemocratic tactics and consolidations of power.
Latsch, Noah, "Crisis State: Locating Populism's Conceptual Core" (2020). WWU Honors Program Senior Projects. 414.
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