Senior Project Advisor

Michael Wolff

Document Type

Project

Publication Date

Spring 2020

Keywords

populism, crisis, discourse

Abstract

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.

Department

Political Science

Type

Text

Rights

Copying of this document in whole or in part is allowable only for scholarly purposes. It is understood, however, that any copying or publication of this document for commercial purposes, or for financial gain, shall not be allowed without the author’s written permission.

Language

English

Format

application/pdf

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