1st Edition

International Discourses of Authoritarian Populism Varieties and Approaches

Edited By Ludwig Deringer, Liane Ströbel Copyright 2023
    318 Pages 32 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    318 Pages 32 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    International Discourses of Authoritarian Populism provides 15 cutting-edge chapters probing into the diversity of present-day populist discourse from across the world.

    Not adhering to any particular school, the volume explores populism from a variety of disciplines and perspectives, with contributions characterized by heuristic openness as called for by the manifold manifestations of populism. The chapters balance theoretical and empirical studies, as well as quantitative and qualitative surveys and case studies, to offer readings on historical and new types of populism, and the politicians associated with these variates. Authors draw on a variety of print, digital, textual, and visual source materials to provide a close examination of the phenomena interconnected with populism including separatism (Catalexit), human rights and legal issues, debate rhetoric, and journalism, with many authors writing as insiders about the situation within their own country.

    Through its multi-disciplinarity, International Discourses of Authoritarian Populism provides fresh insights into the existing and potential dangers of populism, and a basis for further critical assessment and discussion. It will be a key resource for scholars and students across a range of disciplines, including sociology, political science, linguistics, media and communication studies, literary studies, and history. Moreover, it will be of special interest to professionals who deal with both national and international issues of populism.


    Ludwig Deringer

    1. Review of Research

    1.1. Backgrounds of Populism Studies

    Liane Ströbel

    1.2. Populism Studies: The Current State, Emerging Trends, and the Present Volume

    Ludwig Deringer

    Part 1: Theorizing and Historicizing Populism: Perspectives from the United States, Canada, and Australia

    2. Arrested Development: Globalization and the Growth of Radical Populism and Unreason: The American Case in Comparative Perspective

    David H. Kamens

    3. The Northern Exception: Populism in Canada in the Age of Trump, Brexit and COVID-19

    Michael Adams

    4. Defining New Populisms: Causes, Characteristics and Trajectories. Australia and Beyond

    Stephen Alomes

    Part 2: Ideological Discourses and Practical Politics: Italy and Finland

    5. Matteo Salvini - A Political Chameleon and a Populist par excellence?

    Liane Ströbel

    6. Populist Discourses in Italy: The Case of Immigration

    Stella Gianfreda

    7. The Finns Party: From Catch-All Populism to Radical Anti-Immigration Discourse

    Urpo Kovala, Tuija Saresma, and Tuula Vaarakallio

    Part 3: Campaigning and Debating: Setting the Populist Stage in Parliament and on TV: Catalonia and the U.S.

    8. "i respectant la voluntat dels ciutadans": Populism in the Catalan Crisis

    Sandra Issel-Dombert

    9. Moderating Rhetorics of Populism: Moderators’ Encounters with Antagonistic Rhetoric in the 2020 U.S. Presidential and Vice-Presidential Debates

    Jennifer M. Love

    Part 4: Media Discourses: Populism in French and Spanish Newspaper Coverage

    10. The French Discourse of Populism since 2015: A Corpus-Based Study of the Uses of the Terms populisme(s)/populiste(s) in Le Monde and Le Figaro from 2015 to 2018

    Thea Göhring

    11. Discursive Strategies on Non-European Immigration to Spain in the Spanish Press: An Analysis of the Newspapers El País and El Mundo

    Alicia Rodríguez López

    Part 5: (Social) Media Discourses: Populism and Anti-Populism in American and Hungarian Political Cartoons

    12. Tremendously Metaphorical: A Rhetorical Analysis of Trump’s Crooked Hillary Image Macro

    Eleni Blum

    13. Populism on Paper: Is Viktor Orbán a Strong Leader in Hungary’s HVG Magazine?

    Lilla Petronella Szabó and Ágnes Virág

    Part 6: Leftist Populism as Authoritarian Populism: The Case of Venezuela

    14. The Role of the Media in an Extremely Polarized Society: The Case of Venezuelan Populism

    Virpi I. Salojärvi

    15. Nicolás Maduro: Populist Rhetoric Without Populist Leadership

    Nelly Margarita Arenas

    Part 7: Literature as Anti-Populist Protest: Australian, Mexican American, and Indian American Life Writing

    16. Challenging Populism through Literature: Anti-Populist Discourses in Behrouz Boochani, Valeria Luiselli, and Suketu Mehta

    Ludwig Deringer

    17. Conclusion: Summary of Results and Needed Research

    Ludwig Deringer


    Ludwig Deringer is Professor Emeritus of American and Canadian Studies at RWTH Aachen University, Germany. He obtained his doctorate from Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany, and his Habilitation from the Catholic University of Eichstätt, Germany, and in 1985–1986 was an American Studies Research Fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies (New York) at the University of Washington and the University of Oregon, U.S.A. His research interests include Early American Literatures and Cultures, Historical and Contemporary Rhetoric, Comparative Poetry Studies, American–Canadian literary and cultural interrelations, and American–German literary and cultural interrelations.

    Liane Ströbel has researched and taught at the following German universities: RWTH Aachen University, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Ruprecht Karls University Heidelberg, and Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg. In her research and publications on Emmanuel Macron, Donald Trump, the Yellow Vest crisis, the Brexit referendum, and the current coronavirus crisis, she focuses on underlining the role of sensorimotor concepts in discourse analysis. The results of the synchronic analyses of embodiment and enaction are supported by diachronic studies in the field of language evolution, development, and change.