Populism and social media: how politicians spread a fragmented ideology

  title={Populism and social media: how politicians spread a fragmented ideology},
  author={Sven Engesser and Nicole Ernst and Frank Esser and Florin Buechel},
  journal={Information, Communication \& Society},
  pages={1109 - 1126}
ABSTRACT Populism is a relevant but contested concept in political communication research. It has been well-researched in political manifestos and the mass media. The present study focuses on another part of the hybrid media system and explores how politicians in four countries (AT, CH, IT, UK) use Facebook and Twitter for populist purposes. Five key elements of populism are derived from the literature: emphasizing the sovereignty of the people, advocating for the people, attacking the elite… Expand
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