The aim of the project is to study the media representations of the contemporary Nordic populist parties and compare these representations and their national contexts to each other. The historical particularities of populism in different Nordic countries is also considered. A main objective of the project is to deepen the comprehension about populism as inherently local but simultaneously general phenomenon.
The research methods of the project are both quantitative and qualitative content analysis. The primary research material contains media representations concerning contemporary populist parties in Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Norway.
The sample of quantitative analysis includes the media representations of populist parties published in the leading newspaper and leading tabloid paper of the country. The quantitative analysis is supplemented by qualitative case analyses of other media representations, such as television programmes, cartoons and social media.