Transnational populism? Representative claims, media and the difficulty of constructing a transnational “people”

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Moffitt, Ben. (2017) Transnational populism? Representative claims, media and the difficulty of constructing a transnational “people”. Javnost. 24(4), pp. 409 - 425. https://doi.org/10.1080/13183222.2017.1330086
AuthorsMoffitt, Ben
Abstract

What does populism look like beyond the nation-state? This article introduces the concept of transnational populism as a way of understanding how populists construct “the people” above the national level, thus disentangling the oft-conflated concepts of populism and nationalism. It defines transnational populism, distinguishes it from international cooperation between populists and provides illustrative examples from across the globe to demonstrate what it looks like in practice. The article also addresses why transnational populism is so rare, arguing that “the people” of transnational populism is far more difficult to construct than nationally bounded conceptions of “the people”. To flesh out this claim, the article draws Ernesto Laclau’s work on populism together with the work of those authors associated with the “constructivist turn” in political representation, exploring the role of both audiences and constituencies in answering representative claims made on behalf of the transnational “people”. Finally, the article turns to the role of media—both old and new—in broadcasting and (more problematically) answering transnational populist claims.

KeywordsBenjamin Moffitt
Year2017
JournalJavnost
Journal citation24 (4), pp. 409 - 425
PublisherTaylor and Francis Ltd
ISSN1318-3222
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/13183222.2017.1330086
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85032933528
Page range409 - 425
Research GroupSchool of Arts
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Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
EditorsS. Splichal
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