Populism in Lithuania: defining the research tradition

Gintaras Aleknonis, Renata Matkevičienė

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Abstract

The research on populism and populist political communication in Lithuania is rather limited, regardless of the fact that populist movements and politicians are infl uential on national and local political levels; they also receive sufficient support from a significant share of the population. Because the Western European research tradition is concentrated on the challenges of right - wing populism, Lithuanian political scientists distinguish right - wing populism as more significant in comparison to left - wing populism. Although Lithuanian researchers note, that in the balance of the left - right wing populists, Lithuania stands out with the majority of left - wing populists, i n comparison to the popularity and number of right - wing populists in neighbouring countries . Despite the interest of scholars in various fields of policy research in Lithuania, there is still a lack of research on populist political communication, and what interest does exist is mostly concentrated on analysis of practical issues within the political arena, e.g. the study of the processes of political elections. The analysis of populist political communication in Lithuania revealed that populism is a relati vely oft - mentioned topic in Lithuanian scientific discourse, but in most cases remains on the margins of other research. The theoretical work presents the assumptions based on the analysis of the political situation in Lithuania and examples from other cou ntries. The empirical research of populism is scarce, and in most cases based on content analysis of political documents and media reports.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26-48
JournalBaltic Journal of Law and Politics
Volume9
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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Keywords

  • Populism
  • Political communication
  • Political parties

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