Frank Esser

Populism — a big hit in European political communication research

The presentation illustrates the popularity of populism as a research topic in European political communication research.


News Media, Populism, and Political Communication


  • Populism
  • Political Communication
  • News Media

While the election of President Trump…

is seen by many Europeans as confirmation of a transnational trend, there are also significant differences between American and European populist tendencies.

The presentation first outlines four main research perspectives…

and then – focusing on a ‘communication-centered’ perspective – introduces two major European projects and some key findings from those.

In conclusion, the presentation draws attention to two conditions under which populism can be a threat to Western democracies.