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The PVV, "the" Dutch populist party? Measuring populism in the Netherlands : a quantitative text analysis

Kuipers, J. (2011) The PVV, "the" Dutch populist party? Measuring populism in the Netherlands : a quantitative text analysis.

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Abstract:Populism is a topic that has been extensively researched during the last decade and the phenomenon has been shooting roots in many European countries. This thesis consists of a case study that focuses on populism in the Netherlands. In 2010 de Partij voor de Vrijheid (PVV, Party for the Freedom) gained the trust of almost 1,5 million Dutch voters. Different scholars (Kessel, 2011; Mudde, 2007; Vossen, 2010) have classified the PVV as a populist party, however, sometimes without clear argumentation or based on criteria that are difficult to measure. This study tries to find an answer to the following question: ―To what extent can we consider the PVV as a populist party?‖ To give an adequate answer to this question use is made of a quantitative text analysis with a dictionary approach. This study utilises the dictionary created by Pauwels (2011) to measure the degree of populism among Belgian parties. The dictionary is used to analyse the party manifestos of the different Dutch parties as it enables us to measure the percentage of words parties dedicate to populism and other ideological dimensions.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:Public Administration BSc (56627)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/62912
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