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Vox Populi

Populism as a Rhetorical and Democratic Challenge

9781789901405 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Ingeborg van der Geest, Independent Argumentation Scholar, Henrike Jansen, Associate Professor of Argumentation Theory, Faculty of Humanities, Leiden University and Bart van Klink, Professor of Legal Methodology, Faculty of Law, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Publication Date: 2020 ISBN: 978 1 78990 140 5 Extent: 288 pp
This timely and engaging book examines the rise of populism across the globe. Combining insights from linguistics, argumentation theory, rhetoric, legal theory and political theory it offers a fully integrated characterization of the form and content of populist discourse.

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This timely and engaging book examines the rise of populism across the globe. Combining insights from linguistics, argumentation theory, rhetoric, legal theory and political theory it offers a fully integrated characterization of the form and content of populist discourse.

Throughout the book, eminent scholars address questions central to the topic, such as: how does populism manifest itself rhetorically; how does it relate to liberal democracy; and how can the populist challenge be confronted? Carefully selected case studies are used to examine how populist behaviour deviates from that which we would expect to be the norm in a liberal democracy, for example through the use of obnoxious language and refusal to substantiate vulgar claims. The book also provides key insights into more fundamental issues, such as the opposition between the ‘real’ people versus the elite and the longing for a ‘Heimat’.

Offering an in-depth analysis and evaluation at the intersection of language, law and politics, Vox Populi will be of great benefit to students and scholars from a range of disciplines.
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Contributors: L. Corrias, Y. Demir, L.M. Henderson, H. Jansen, M. La Torre, O.W. Lembcke, D. Mohammed, H. Pander Maat, J. Plug, M. Sniečkutė, I. van der Geest, C. van de Wetering, T. van Haaften, M. van Leeuwen, B. van Klink, L. Villadsen, J. Wagemans, B. Wolthuis, D. Zarefsky
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Contents:

PART I: CONCEPTUAL ISSUES
1. Introduction: The Study of Populism
Henrike Jansen, Bart van Klink and Ingeborg van der Geest

2. The Rhetorical Stance of Populism
David Zarefsky and Dima Mohammed

3. On Populism as a ‘Spectre’, and Unmanageable Concept
Massimo La Torre

PART II: CONSTRUCTION OF THE PEOPLE
4. Identifying Populism in Political Discourse: A Two-Step Corpus Analysis
Henk Pander Maat

5. The Populist Construction of ‘One Nation’ in Politics: The Case of Turkey
Yeliz Demir

6. The Different Faces of Populism: Discursive Shifts under Obama and Trump
Carina van de Wetering

PART III: POPULISM AS A STYLE
7. Suggesting Outsider Status by Behaving Improperly: The Linguistic Realisation of a Populist Rhetorical Strategy in Dutch Parliament
Ton van Haaften and Maarten van Leeuwen

8. Populism and Parliamentary Argumentation Games
Bertjan Wolthuis

9. Low Style the High Way: Rhetorical Mainstreaming of Populism
Lisa Storm Villadsen

PART IV: DEMOCRACY AND REPRESENTATION
10. The Immediacy of Populism and the Unrest of Democracy: A Phenomenological Inquiry into the Public Sphere
Luigi Corrias

11. The Promise and Peril of Designing: A Radical Democratic Populism
Laura M. Henderson

12. The Policy Dimension of Populism: A Comparative Approach of Party System Analysis
Oliver W. Lembcke

PART V: RESPONSES TO POPULISM
13. Values in Populism and Argumentative Counter-Strategies: The Case of Viktor Orbán
Marija Sniečkutė

14. From Fact-Checking to Rhetoric-Checking: Extending Methods for Evaluating Populist Discourse
H. José Plug and Jean H. M. Wagemans

15. How to Confront the Populist Challenge?
Bart van Klink and Ingeborg van der Geest

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