E-quality for #ThePeople: On the Populist Horizon in the Digital Age

Lykle de Jong | E-quality for #ThePeople: On the Populist Horizon in the Digital Age | Supervisor: Marc Tuters, Richard Rogers

The growing swing and appeal of populist movements is increasingly reflected online. Populism, par excellence, is able to tune into this digital turn in politics. Arguably this may even be one of the foremost reasons why populists enjoy such success. While most, if not all, politicians employ social media, I claim that a specific bond between populism and social media can be observed. However, research on populism and social media is scarce, but decidedly urgent. The proposed thesis therefore sets as its task the understanding of this particular relation between the Web and contemporary populism.