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An Introduction

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December 2024 | 336 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

After reading this groundbreaking textbook, you will have a solid understanding of state-of-the-art populism research and be ready to take a deep dive into more complex debates. Every chapter follows a clear and logical structure and employs the following learning features to help you grapple with the complex topic of Populism:

Introduces the most state-of-the-art theories, methods, and empirical findings in populism research.
Examples from populism in different regions of the world to illustrate the variation within populism studies around the globe.
Learn by doing: ‘hands on’ exercises and the ‘measuring populism’ chapters encourage students to play with data and start researching populism independently. 
Chapters on hot topics in populism, such as populism, media and political communication, and the impact of populist parties in government.
Various didactical features will allow you to trace your progress and guide you through the text-book. 

Our expert authors will guide you through each chapter with carefully selected examples from diverse contexts, illustrating the multifaceted nature of populism. Looking at examples from around the world will help you to understand how populism shows up in different political settings. It will give you an introduction to the topic that allows you to command the field of empirical populism research.

Robert A. Huber is Professor of Political Science Research Methods at the University of Salzburg.

Michael Jankowski is Team Lead for the Data Science group in the Federal German Chancellery. He is also affiliated with the University of Oldenburg.


Robert A. Huber and Michael Jankowski
1. Introduction
Luca Manucci
2. Populism Old and New: A Historical Trajectory
Daphne Halikiopoulou and Sofia Vasilopoulou
3. Conceptualizations of Populism
Saskia P. Ruth-Lovell, Rosa Kindt, Joep van Lit and Marie-Isabel Theuwis
4. Populism and Democracy
Robert A. Huber and Michael Jankowski
5. Populism and Ideology
Alexander Alekseev and Emilia Palonen
6. Qualitative Approaches in Populism Research
Nina Wiesehomeier and Maurits J. Meijers
7. Measuring Populism using Expert Surveys
Lisa Zehnter
8. Measuring Populism through Text Analysis
Bruno Castanho Silva
9. Measuring Populism among Citizens
Edina Strikovic and Linda Bos
10. Populism, Media and Political Communication
Patricia Rehus and Steven M. Van Hauwaert
11. Support for Populist Parties
Sofia Marini and Markus Wagner
12. Party Competition and Populist Parties
Fred Paxton
13. The Impact of Populist Parties in Government
Christina-Marie Juen
14. Populism and Descriptive Representation
Robert A. Huber and Michael Jankowski
15. Populism in the World

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