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About Benjamin de Cleen

Benjamin De Cleen is an assistant professor at the VUB Communication Studies Department where he is the coordinator of the English-language Communication Studies master on Journalism and Media in Europe. His research is situated within discourse studies, and has mainly been focused on radical right rhetoric, on the role of expressive culture in the resistance against the radical right, and on the discourse-theoretical development of the concepts of populism, nationalism and conservatism.

Articles by Benjamin de Cleen

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Populism, nationalism and transnationalism

An interview with Benjamin de Cleen, Assistant Professor at Vrije Universiteit Brussel, on nationalism vs populism in Europe, the Flemish far-right and the limits of the cordon sanitaire.

Security and the radical right in Flanders

Security has been a major theme in the rhetoric of the Vlaams Block/Belang since the late 1980s. Their combination of strong anti-immigrant statements and simplistic proposals has been appropriated by mainstream parties in Belgium.

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