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Schworer, Jakob. The Growth of Populism in the Political Mainstream. 1st ed. Springer, Cham, 2021.


This book:

  • Provides a new interpretation regarding the dangers of populist and nativist discourses
  • Avoids complex regression analysis and is easy to understand for the reader due to its largely qualitative approach
  • Offers new findings on a highly relevant topic widely discussed in science and the public discourse

Table of contents

  1. Introduction: Populistisation of Mainstream Parties? – Jakob Schwörer, Pages 1-10
  2. Theoretical-Conceptual Framework – Jakob Schwörer, Pages 11-41
  3. Study Design and Analytical Approach – Jakob Schwörer, Pages 43-64
  4. Contamination of Mainstream Parties’ Messages? Shifting Degrees of Communicative Content – Jakob Schwörer, Pages 65-104
  5. From Degrees to Content: The Meaning of Communicative Content and New Emerging Discourses – Jakob Schwörer, Pages 105-196
  6. Conclusion – Jakob Schwörer, Pages 197-205
  7. Back Matter, Pages 207-224

The Illiberalism Studies Program studies the different faces of illiberal politics and thought in today’s world, taking into account the diversity of their cultural context, their intellectual genealogy, the sociology of their popular support, and their implications on the international scene.