Chapter 3. European populism(s) as a counter-hegemonic discourse?

Arthur Borriello, Samuele Mazzolini

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In this chapter, we compare the discourse of Podemos and Movimento Cinque Stelle in order to answer the following question: to what extent do these movements pertain to the same political phenomenon? Based on Laclau’s definition of populism, we provide a “snapshot” of both parties’ discourse between 2012 and 2016 by carrying out a corpus-based analysis that combines lexicography and metaphor analysis. The results show that they display a populist logic and represent two counter-discourses against neoliberal hegemony. However, they also display important differences that could prove to be decisive when it comes to seizing political power and building an alternative to the hegemonic order they challenge, as their recent evolutions have shown
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationImagining the Peoples of Europe: Populist discourses across the political spectrum
EditorsJan Zienkowski, Ruth Breeze
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
Number of pages28
ISBN (Electronic)9789027262257
Publication statusPublished - 13 Aug 2019
Externally publishedYes


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