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Populism as political communication style An empirical study of political parties' discourse in Belgium
The scientific debate about populism has been revitalised by the recent rise of extreme-right parties in Western Europe. Within the broad discussion about populism and its relationship withExpand
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Punctuated Equilibrium in Comparative Perspective
We explore the impact of institutional design on the distribution of changes in outputs of governmental processes in the United States, Belgium, and Denmark. Using comprehensive indicators ofExpand
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New media, new movements? The role of the internet in shaping the ‘anti‐globalization’ movement
Abstract Collective action and social movement protest has become commonplace in our ‘demonstration‐democracy’ and no longer surprises the media or the public. However, as will be shown, this was notExpand
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Who is that (wo)man in the street? From the normalisation of protest to the normalisation of the protester
The time has long since passed that protests and demonstrations were regarded as the possible beginning of violent revolutionary ferment. Venting dissatisfaction or making demands in the streets hasExpand
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‘Do the Vote Test’: The Electoral Effects of a Popular Vote Advice Application at the 2004 Belgian Elections
This paper assesses empirically the electoral impact of an immensely popular Vote Advice Application and TV show (‘Do the Vote Test’) during the 2004 Belgian election campaign. Vote AdviceExpand
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A General Empirical Law of Public Budgets: A Comparative Analysis
We examine regularities and differences in public budgeting in comparative perspective. Budgets quantify collective political decisions made in response to incoming information, the preferences ofExpand
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Who Demonstrates? Antistate Rebels, Conventional Participants, or Everyone?
Many studies have drawn attention to rising levels of political protest, whether understood as the spread of "demonstration democracy," the growth of the "protest society," or an expression ofExpand
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Issue Ownership Stability and Change: How Political Parties Claim and Maintain Issues Through Media Appearances
Drawing on a large-scale online experiment embedded in an electoral survey in Belgium, this study tests whether issue ownership is, rather than a stable condition, a dynamic process that can beExpand
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The Mass Media's Political Agenda-Setting Power
Do mass media determine or codetermine the political agenda? Available answers on this question are mixed and contradictory. Results vary in terms of the type of political agenda under scrutiny, theExpand
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The Associative Dimension of Issue Ownership
Issue ownership is commonly conceptualized as multidimensional, consisting of a “competence” dimension and an “associative” dimension. Because existing operationalizations of issue ownership tap onlyExpand
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