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Shaping the vote: politics and populism in the media

Does media coverage of issues like immigration, the economy and political scandal exacerbate or merely reflect citizens’ dissatisfaction with politics? In May, a Counterpoint discussion panel explored the impact on populist politics, including UKIP, Front National in France, the PVV in the Netherlands, and the Finns Party in Finland. (Podcast 95 mins)

Counterpoint
4 June 2014

On 15 May, Counterpoint held the discussion panel Shaping the vote: politics and populism in the media. The event took place at the Lecture Theatre of the Free Word Centre.

Speakers included: Suzanne Moore, Sunder Katwala, Catherine Fieschi, Jiska Engelbert, Erkka Railo, Gael Villeneuve and Martin Sandbu.

The event was part of the project ‘Nurturing populism? The impact of the media on the growth of populist right-wing parties in Netherlands, France and Finland’, coordinated by Counterpoint and supported by the Foundation for Democracy and Media and the Wihuri Foundation.

Counterpoint is an independent research and advisory group helping organisations understand the cultural and social dynamics of risk. In The Threats of Populism–Europe’s Reluctant Radicals programme of research and advocacy, Counterpoint investigates the continuing trend of xenophobic populism in Europe. See the Reluctant Radicals feature on openDemocracy.

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