This work package focuses on the public sphere. By emphasizing the cultural and communicational aspects of populism, the aim is to understand how the mainstreaming of populism affects the news media, social media and the public sphere in general. The work package scrutinizes populism as both movement and rhetoric and pays special emphasis to rhetorical and visual analysis. It continues Kovala’s earlier project “Populism as Movement and Rhetoric” by testing its results beyond Finnish borders.
Director: Urpo Kovala.