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National Populism and Borders

The Politicization of Cross-border Mobilizations in Europe

9781802208047 Edward Elgar Publishing
Oscar Mazzoleni, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Research Observatory for Regional Politics, University of Lausanne, Switzerland, Cecilia Biancalana, Assistant Professor, Department of Culture, Politics and Society, University of Turin, Italy, Andrea Pilotti, Senior Lecturer, Institute of Political Studies, University of Lausanne, Laurent Bernhard, Postdoctoral Researcher, Institute of Political Studies, University of Lausanne and Centre for Democracy Studies Aarau, University of Zurich, Grégoire Yerly, PhD candidate, Institute of Political Studies, University of Lausanne and Lukas Lauener, Researcher, Swiss Centre of Expertise in the Social Sciences (FORS) and PhD candidate, Institute of Political Studies, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
Publication Date: January 2023 ISBN: 978 1 80220 804 7 Extent: c 208 pp
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Despite the recent wealth of literature on national populism, research has often overlooked one crucial aspect: the border. This innovative book bridges these key concepts, providing a new theoretical conceptualization of the interplay between populism, nationalism, and territorial borders.

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Despite the recent wealth of literature on national populism, research has often overlooked one crucial aspect: the border. This innovative book bridges these key concepts, providing a new theoretical conceptualization of the interplay between populism, nationalism, and territorial borders.

In this book, borders are not considered as mere institutional boundaries between nation states; on the contrary, the authors adopt a multi-dimensional view of borders as narratives, issues, and territorial spaces of mobilization. Reconsidering the contemporary politicization of borders in Western Europe, the authors investigate how national populism deals with territorial borders and the various meanings they embody. Empirical case studies focusing on the Swiss borderlands explore parties’ programs and discourses, representatives’ attitudes, as well as public opinion and voting behavior, offering key insights into how political actors and citizens react to trends such as growing transnational flows, globalization, and European integration.

This timely book, based on original party sources and surveys, will be an essential resource for students and scholars of political science, political sociology, border studies, European integration, Euroscepticism, and Swiss politics. Its context-oriented analysis will also prove beneficial to practitioners and representatives involved in cross-border cooperation.
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‘This book investigates instrumentalization of borders by national-populist parties from different interdisciplinary perspectives while focusing on a single case study, i.e. Switzerland during the Covid-19 crisis. The theoretical approach which distinguishes between borders as issues, narratives, and territorial spaces of mobilization is innovative and should be applied to other contested regions and crises. A must-read for everybody who would like to understand the intricacies of globalized border- and body politics.’
– Ruth Wodak, Lancaster University, UK
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