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Populism in the Netherlands, are there new populist contenders in parliament?

Delfgou, J. (2023) Populism in the Netherlands, are there new populist contenders in parliament?

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Abstract:This research was done to analyze six new entries into the Dutch legislative chamber since 2017 and find if these parties could be labeled as populist. These conclusions were drawn based on the results from analyses based on three different prominent theoretical lenses of populism. The theoretical lenses used are ideological, discursive and Strategical theoretical lenses. The analysis was done using classical content analysis and holistic text analysis which were used to analyze election manifestos and tweets by party leaders as data sources. Using different theoretical lenses and the results obtained from their matching analyses and data sets, the research was able to create a better understanding of populism, populist theory and levels of populism of the six new political parties. This allowed for more definitive conclusions than if only a single theoretical lens was used. It was concluded that the FvD was definitely populist. BIJ1 and JA21 were almost certainly populist. BBB showed populist tendencies, but further research was necessary. Finally, DENK and Volt were definitely not populist.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:70 social sciences in general, 88 social and public administration, 89 political science
Programme:European Studies MSc (69303)
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