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27 Jul 20

The league of leagues: Meta-populism and the ‘chain of equivalence’ in a cross-border Alpine area.
The league of leagues: Meta-populism and the ‘chain of equivalence’ in a cross-border Alpine area.

Authors: Christian Lamour.

Online First: 17/07/2020

DOI: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.polgeo.2020.102207

Abstract:

Radical right populist parties claim to act on behalf of people who need to be protected from a series of risks initiated by ‘others’. Border control is a key topic in the narratives developed by these movements in Europe. However, populist parties located in different states can shape a cohesive discourse across state borders with regard to the protection of the people. They consequently forge a discursive ‘chain of equivalence’ (Laclau & Mouffe, 1985, p. 144) implying the reduction of state-bounded differences while preserving some territorial singularities. This process, which can be termed ‘meta-populism’ (de Cleen, 2017, p. 356) supposes a series of interactions, which are not often analysed in Europe's borderlands. Based on a Critical Discourse analysis, we investigate the building-up of transregional meta-populism powered by two regionalist parties positioned in different states, but located in a single European area: the Regio Insubrica in-between Italy and Switzerland.

Reference: Christian Lamour. The league of leagues: Meta-populism and the ‘chain of equivalence’ in a cross-border Alpine area. Political Geography, 2020, vol. 81, n°102207.

Keywords:
Radical right populism,
Regionalism,
Borders,
Europe,
Critical discourse analysis,
Dialogism