Party Leaders in Europe: Discourse, Ideas and Interests

Room: 
Room B, City Hall
Time Slot: 
Monday 26th March 14:15 - 15:45
Panel Chair: 
  • Dr Georgios Karyotis (University of Glasgow)
Panel Members: 
  • Mr Chris Vrakopoulos (University of Reading)
  • Mr Theo Aiolfi (University of Warwick)
  • Dr Oivind Bratberg (University of Oslo)
  • Professor John Ryan (London School of Economics)
  • Dr Maria Elisabetta Lanzone (University of Genova)
  • Dr Mara Morini (University of Genoa - DISPO)

The far right has been among the ‘winners’ of the populist moment in Europe. Few countries today have no far right party in parliament; in some countries the far right has governmental responsibilities.  However, in some countries the left has also been successful on a populist ticket. If populism is only a ‘thin-centred’ ideology, we can expect that host ideologies can use it as a mechanism and recipe for electoral success. This panel assembles papers which analyse how populism succeeds – the panels look at its discursive tools, its leadership arrangements, and the institutional background of populist success.  More broadly, the panel explores how the communicative frames and underlying interests of party leaders shape political outcomes at both the domestic and European level. The panel contains papers which look at Italy, France, Greece and the UK and take a comparative perspective.

​The papers are:

‘Governance Matters! Understanding the success of the Extreme Right Parties in Europe’, Chris Vrakopoulos (University of Reading)

‘Populists as Performers of Crisis: Le Pen’s Case during the 2017 Presidential Campaign’, Théo Aiolfi, (University of Warwick) 

'The Populist Political Communication inside and outside the Italian M5S: Grillo vs Pizzarotti’, Maria Elisabetta Lanzone (DISPO, University of Genova) and Mara Morini (DISPO, University of Genova)

‘Socialist Synthesis: a Weberian Analysis of Ideas in Jeremy Corbyn’s Speeches’, Øivind Bratberg (University of Oslo)  

Greek Membership of the Eurozone: The Role of the Merkel-Macron Relationship’, John Ryan (LSE) 

 

Please note: This is a joint panel proposed by the following Specialist Groups: French Politics Specialist Group; German Politics Specialist Group; Greek Politics Specialist Group; Italian Politics Specialist Group; Parliaments Specialist Group; Rhetoric and Politics Specialist Group.

​It is one of three joint panels - the others are 'New Parties, Party Systems and the Populist Moment 1 and 2'.