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Publications related to MAPO consortium from the Helsinki team are listed here.


Emilia Palonen (2018) Performing the nation: the Janus-faced populist foundations of illiberalism in Hungary, Journal of Contemporary European Studies, DOI: 10.1080/14782804.2018.1498776

Palonen theorises and engages with entangled populism and nationalism in Hungary from the 1990s to the present.

Ov Cristian Norocel, Tuija Saresma, Tuuli Lähdesmäki & Maria Ruotsalainen (2018) Discursive Constructions of White Nordic Masculinities in Right-Wing Populist Media. Men and Masculinities. First published online June 4,


The peer-reviewed open access edited volume Populism on the Loose, by Urpo Kovala, Emilia Palonen, Maria Ruotsalainen and Tuija Saresma was published by the University of Jyväskylä, Centre for the Study of Contemporary Culture, 2018. Instead of offering a fixed definition, it outlined populism as a multifaceted phenomenon through several approaches from cultural, gender, and communication studies as well as political science. While the book explores populism in countries ranging from Venezuela to Italy, Romania, and Turkey, many of these papers reflect on Finland especially in relation to the Finns Party and its emergence in the 2000s and 2010s, and makes a significant contribution in this less studied phenomenon. The volume is  mainly based on papers presented at an interdisciplinary conference Populism as Movement and Rhetoric held in Jyväskylä in 2016. This also set the basis for MAPO collaboration, and authors include consortium researches Gurhanli and Salojärvi are part of the MAPO project.
Urpo Kovala, Emilia Palonen, Maria Ruotsalainen & Tuija Saresma (eds.) Populism on the Loose, Jyväskylä: Nykykulttuurintutkimus.

In 2017, as results of the Populism as Movement and Rhetoric project (PI Urpo Kovala 2012–2016), Emilia Palonen and Tuija Saresma edited a volume exploring the emergence of the Finns Party in the 2000s and 2010s. The volume also outlines the use of rhetoric-performative analysis as a method for populism research, cultural studies and politics. Authors include Urpo Kovala and Tuula Vaarakallio.
Emilia Palonen & Tuija Saresma (ed.) Jätkät & jytkyt. Perussuomalaiset ja populismin retoriikka.Tampere: Vastapaino 2017.

Book chapters:

Niko Hatakka has explored the populist right’s use of social media.

Hatakka, Niko (2018) Facebook and the populist right: How populist politicians use social media to reimagine the news in Finland and the UK. In Laura Basu; Mike Berry & Sophie Knowles (eds) Austerity and the Media: Comparative Perspectives. London: Routledge.

Tuija Saresma has been working on radicalisation, racism and gender:

Saresma, Tuija (2018) Politics of fear and racialized rape: Intersectional reading of the Kempele rape case. In Peter Hervik (ed.): Racialization, Racism, and Anti-Racism in the Nordic Countries. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018, 63–91.

Saresma, Tuija (2018) Gender Populism – Three Cases of Finns Party Actors’ Traditionalist Anti-Feminism. In Populism on the Loose. Eds. Urpo Kovala & Emilia Palonen & Maria Ruotsalainen & Tuija Saresma (toim.), Populism on the Loose. Jyväskylä: Nykykulttuurin tutkimuskeskus, 2018, 177–199. DOI:

Emilia Palonen has written on populism and space:

Palonen, Emilia (2019) Rhetorical-performative analysis of the urban symbolic landscape: Populism in Action, in Tomas Marttila ed. Discourse Culture and Organization: Inquiries into the Relational of Structures of Power, Palgrave Macmillan, p. 179–198.

Palonen, Emilia (2018) Rewriting the National Past in Budapest: Populism in Action, in Urban Space, Place and National Identity, eds. Joshua Hagen and Alexander Diener, Rowman & Littlefield.

Palonen, Emilia (2018) Cultural populism of the elite: the case of Guggenheim Helsinki, in Populism on the Loose, Urpo Kovala, Emilia Palonen, Maria Ruotsalainen & Tuija Saresma (eds.) Jyväskylä: Nykykulttuurintutkimus, p. 235–259.

Book chapters in Finnish:

Niko Hatakka has made a significant contribution to Mari K. Niemi and Topi Houni’s volume on media and populism, published in Finnish with Vastapaino.

Hatakka, Niko (2018) Liittolaisia ja vastuksia: Neljä näkökulmaa populismin ja median suhteeseen.

Hatakka, Niko; Niemi, Mari & Välimäki, Matti (2018) ”Perussuomalaiset ei ole rasistinen puolue”.

Niemi, Mari K.; Ahva, Laura; Hatakka, Niko; Hautakangas, Mikko; Herkman, Juha; Hiltunen, Ilmari; Kokko, Jani; Noppari, Elina; Perälä, Annu; Suonpää, Mika & Välimäki, Matti (2018) Kuinka harjata populismia: Askelmerkkejä toimittajille ja yhteiskunnalliseen keskusteluun.

Also PI Juha Herkman has published in the volume a thorough and insightful article on populism and media’s logic in the Nordic countries:

Herkman, Juha (2018) Pohjoismainen malli murroksessa? Populismin haaste journalismille Pohjoismaissa. In Mari Niemi & Topi Houni (eds) Populismi & media. Kriittisen journalismin jäljillä. Tampere: Vastapaino


Earlier relevant publication by consortium members