Old patterns on new clothes? : Populism and political scandals in the Nordic countries

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Herkman , J P 2018 , ' Old patterns on new clothes? Populism and political scandals in the Nordic countries ' , Acta Sociologica , vol. 61 , no. 4 , pp. 341-355 . https://doi.org/10.1177/0001699317737816

Title: Old patterns on new clothes? : Populism and political scandals in the Nordic countries
Author: Herkman, Juha Pekka
Contributor organization: P3 - Publics, Politics & Promotions
Media and Communication Studies
Department of Social Research (2010-2017)
Helsinki Hub on Emotions, Populism and Polarisation
Date: 2018-11
Language: eng
Number of pages: 15
Belongs to series: Acta Sociologica
ISSN: 0001-6993
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0001699317737816
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/253480
Abstract: The paper analyses political scandals connected to the contemporary populist parties of Denmark, Finland and Sweden. The dramaturgies of these scandals repeat the general patterns of political scandals identified in previous studies, but they also share special characteristics that make them a specific type of neo-populist scandal. The starting point of the typical neo-populist scandal occurs due to the moral transgression of a member of a populist movement, usually through the use of unacceptable language or behaviour, insulting non-native inhabitants or other minorities within the population. However, provocation and playing the role of the underdog are common strategies employed by populists, and a populist movement may even benefit from a scandal, though the consequences of the scandal depend on the life phase of the movement and on the status of the member involved in the scandal. The moral transgressions and political consequences of neo-populist scandals may serve as an indicator of the condition liberal democracy enjoys, but also reveal contextual differences in particular societies and their moral order.
Subject: 518 Media and communications
Populism
political scandal
Nordic countries
scandalogy
21st century
liberal democracy
moral order
DEMOCRACIES
PARTIES
MEDIA
Peer reviewed: Yes
Usage restriction: openAccess
Self-archived version: acceptedVersion
Funder: Unknown funder
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