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Populist Disinformation in Fragmented Information Settings Understanding the Nature and Persuasiveness of Populist and Post-factual Communication

By Michael Hameleers Copyright 2022
    212 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    212 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    In this highly relevant work, Dr. Michael Hameleers illuminates the role of traditional and social media in shaping the political consequences of populism and disinformation in a mediatized era characterized by post-factual relativism and the perseverance of a populist zeitgeist.

    Using comparative empirical evidence collected in the US, the UK, and the Netherlands, this book explores the politics and discursive construction of populism and disinformation, how they co-occur, their effects on society, and the antidotes used to combat the consequences of these communicative phenomena.

    This book is an essential text for students and academics in communication, media studies, political science, sociology, and psychology.

    Introduction: The Essence of Populist Disinformation and the Roots of its Persuasiveness  1. Populist Disinformation: Exploring the Intersections of Populism and Mis- and Disinformation and its Political Consequences  2. The Discursive Framing of Populism and (Un)truthfulness by Politicians  3. Citizens’ Online Interpretations of Populism and Post-factual Relativism  4. Populist and Post-factual Discourse on Online News Platforms  5. The Effects of Populist Communication in a Comparative Setting  6. How Populist Disinformation can Mislead the Electorate  7. Hope on the Horizon: Correcting Post-factual Populist Communication  8. The Political Consequences and Democratic Implications of Populist Disinformation: Should we Worry about the Future of Truth and Democracy?  9. Conclusion 


    Michael Hameleers is Assistant Professor in Political Communication at the Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR), Amsterdam, the Netherlands. His research interests include populism, framing, (affective) polarization, disinformation, and corrective information.