The Elitist Populism of the Extreme Right: A frame analysis of extreme right wing discourses in Italy and Germany
Title: The Elitist Populism of the Extreme Right: A frame analysis of extreme right wing discourses in Italy and Germany
Citation: Acta Politica, 2011, 46, 2, 180-202
In this article, the authors investigate the presence and forms of populist frames in the discourse of the extreme right, by looking at different types of extreme right organizations In Italy and Germany. Focusing on the meso, organizational level, and applying a frame analysis to written documents (e.g. newspapers, magazines) of some selected extreme right organizations, chosen from the political party and non party extreme right milieu in the two countries, the article examines the relevance and the characteristics of the populist discourse in the extreme right. Similarities and differences between types of extreme right groups and countries in the framing strategies of populism are underlined and linked to the cultural (historical) and political-discursive opportunities. The bridging of the appeal to the people with other (more traditional) frames of the extreme right (e.g. nativism) is shown. In particular, we look at how the central populist frame (namely the people versus the elite) is linked to the extreme right definition of the “us” and the “them”, when developing diagnoses, prognoses and motivations to action. The analysis is based on a total of around 4000 frames collected in documents from 2002 to 2006.
This article is part of the broader research project VETO, conducted at the European University Institute.
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