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Conrad, Maximilian, Guðmundur Hálfdanarson, Asimina Michailidou, Charlotte Galpin, and Niko Pyrhönen. Europe in the Age of Post-Truth Politics: Populism, Disinformation and the Public Sphere. Springer Nature, 2023.


This open access book is the product of three years of academic research that has been carried out in the EU-funded Jean Monnet Network on“Post-Truth Politics, Nationalism and the Delegitimation of European Integration” since 2019. Drawing on the multidisciplinary expertise of the network’s members, the book explores the impact of the phenomenon of post-truth politics on European integration and the European Union. It places particular emphasis on how post-truth politics has played out in the public sphere and asks what impact the phenomenon has had on public deliberation, but reflects also on its implications for democracy in a wider sense. This book is primarily written for audiences with an interest in politics and policy making, including academics, policy makers and civil-society actors. Thanks to its accessible style, the book should however also be an asset to wider audiences.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction: Europe in the Age of Post-Truth Politics –Maximilian Conrad, Guðmundur Hálfdanarson
  • Post-Truth, Postmodernism and the Public Sphere – Saul Newman
  • The Context of Fake News, Disinformation, and Manipulation – John Erik Fossum
  • Journalism, Truth and the Restoration of Trust in Democracy: Tracing the EU ‘Fake News’ Strategy – Asimina Michailidou, Elisabeth Eike, Hans-Jörg Trenz
  • From Denouncing to Defunding: The Post-Truth Populist Challenge to Public-Service Media – Maximilian Conrad
  • Post-Truth Politics, Brexit, and European Disintegration – Vittorio Orlando
  • “Europe is Christian, or It Is Not Europe”: Post-Truth Politics and Religion in Matteo Salvini’s Tweets – Giulia Evolvi
  • Claiming Authority Over ‘Truths’ and ‘Facts’: Information Risk Campaigns to Prevent Irregular Migration – Verena K. Brändle
  • Facts, Narratives and Migration: Tackling Disinformation at the European and UN Level of Governance – Anna Björk
  • Shedding Light on People’s Social Media Concerns Through Political Party Preference, Media Trust, and Immigration Attitudes – Sanna Malinen, Aki Koivula, Teo Keipi, Arttu Saarinen
  • In Search for Unexpected Allies? Radical Right Remediation of ‘the 2015 Refugee Crisis’ on Social Media – Gwenaëlle Bauvois, Niko Pyrhönen
  • Concluding Reflections on Europe in the Age of Post-truth Politics – Guðmundur Hálfdanarson, Maximilian Conrad

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