This chapter is a contribution to the endeavor of clarifying populism by exploring populist rhetoric. The resurgence of populism is examined from a discursive perspective. From this perspective, populism may not so much be an ideology as a rhetorical stance that can be taken by advocates at different points on the ideological spectrum. Populist rhetoric emerges in a situation marked by seemingly uncontrollable change and the perceived loss of agency, by the fraying of bonds tying individuals to imagined communities, and by the superficial understanding of historical context. The rhetorical stance includes positing deep opposition between the ‘establishment’ and the ‘people’, the emotionalization of discourse, the democratization of evidence, the normalization of hyperbole, and a predilection for simple explanations for events.
|Title of host publication||Vox Populi|
|Subtitle of host publication||Populism as a Rhetorical and Democratic Challenge|
|Editors||Ingeborg van der Geest, Henrike Jansen, Bart van Klink|
|Place of Publication||Cheltenham|
|Publisher||Edward Elgar Publishing|
|Number of pages||12|
|Publication status||Published - 18 Aug 2020|