Academy of Finland
Funding decision
Name Herkman, Juha Pekka
Organisation University of Helsinki
Project title Mainstreaming Populism in the Twenty-first Century (MAPO)
Decision No. 309547
Decision date 13.06.2017
Funding,period 01.09.2017 - 31.08.2021
Funding 280 000
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Project description
MAPO aims to investigate, map and discuss different forms of mainstreaming of populism in Europe and the Americas (in 16 countries) with the help of case studies and employment of comparative perspective. We take as our hypothesis that populism is a process, logic of articulation, rather than a simple category and therefore our research questions seek to explore when, where and to what extent the mainstreaming processes take place. We investigate three types of mainstreaming: (1) mainstreaming the left and right populist parties themselves, (2) the other (mainstream) parties adopting populist logic of articulation, and (3) the transformation of the populist mode to public debates and the media. Mainstreaming of populism is studied with the help of comparative analysis and various case studies in a consortium of scholars from the Universities of Helsinki, Turku and Jyväskylä.