Populist platform strategies: a comparative study of social media campaigning by Nordic right-wing populist parties
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A1 Alkuperäisartikkeli tieteellisessä aikakauslehdessä
Information, Communication and Society
AbstractSocial media platforms are increasingly becoming an important tool to mobilize populist right-wing issues and movements. This study provides comparative insights into the activity and engagement of right-wing populist parties on three social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) in four Nordic countries (Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and Finland). Based on a quantitative analysis of social media data, we conclude that Facebook is the most successful platform for right-wing populists across all four countries and that the right-wing populists in Sweden have the strongest position across platforms. Furthermore, we explore the content of the most engaging status updates qualitatively to identify a potential set of populist platform strategies. We conclude that the right-wing populist platform strategies are not radically different from other parties though the populist agenda and anger-based style of communication may cater particularly well to the network media logics of each platform. This could explain the relative success of right-wing populist parties that we identify in all four Nordic countries, even though it is important to note that the success is only moderate in some cases with notable national variation.
Schwartz , S A , Nelimarkka , M & Larsson , A O 2022 , ' Populist platform strategies: a comparative study of social media campaigning by Nordic right-wing populist parties ' , Information, Communication and Society . https://doi.org/10.1080/1369118X.2022.2147397