Populism and the Politicization of the COVID-19 Crisis in Europe

Editors: Bobba, Giuliano, Hubé, Nicolas (Eds.)

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  • Identifies the main features of populist action by focusing on the leaders’ statements and political initiatives 
  • Contributes to crisis and populism literatures defining patterns among different types of populism 
  • Offers an empirically grounded overview of the topic through eight country cases
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This edited book provides a first overview of how populist parties responded to the COVID-19 pandemic crisis in Europe. Although populism would normally benefit from crisis situations (e.g., political representation or economic crises), the peculiar nature of this health crisis does not make the benefit obvious. For it to be exploited, a crisis must be politicized. While populists have tried to take advantage of the crisis situation, the impossibility of taking ownership of the COVID-19 issue has made the crisis hard to be exploited. In particular, populists in power have tried to depoliticize the pandemic, whereas radical right-populists in opposition tried to politicize the crisis, though failing to gain the relevant public support. This book considers populist parties in eight European democracies, providing a framework of analysis for their responses to the COVID-19 crisis. It does so by engaging with the literature on crisis and populism from a theoretical perspective and through the lens of the politicization process.

About the authors

Giuliano Bobba is Associate Professor in the Department of Cultures, Politics and Society and Affiliate at the Collegio Carlo Alberto, University of Turin, Italy.

Nicolas Hubé is Professor in the Centre de Recherche sur les Médiations, University of Lorraine, France.

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“This book provides a theoretically informed and thorough assessment of the behaviour of one particular type of political actor (populist parties) in an exceptional situation (comparable to a natural disaster) across EU member states. This is unprecedented and useful for understanding what characteristics (if any) populist actors have in common despite different contexts. The theoretical framework develops carefully, based on an impressive knowledge of the literature on the central characteristics of populism in European politics thus avoiding simplifications or an underdeveloped conceptualization. On the empirical side, the book offers an instructive comparative approach, which has the merit to take systematically into account the same set of factors across national contexts. Thus, the commonalities as well as the nuances of populist parties’ response to this health crisis emerge.”-        Peter Maurer, University of Trier, Germany

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Populism and the Politicization of the COVID-19 Crisis in Europe
Editors
  • Giuliano Bobba
  • Nicolas Hubé
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-66011-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-66011-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-66010-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 144
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations, 10 illustrations in colour
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