Understanding the Divide: Populism, Identity, and the use of Emotions in Politics – Justus Liebig University Giessen

This seminar centers on the analysis of populism and offers the students the chance to learn the basics of democracy, authoritarianism, and populism. Furthermore, using current examples for analysis, this seminar aims at answering the following questions: How does populism work? What is the role of identity in the political game? How important are emotions in politics? Can an electorate be manipulated? What is the role of the media? Moreover, can our democracies (and political systems) survive the new digital age of populism? Keywords: Democracy ideals/Health, Populism Theories, Emotions, Fear, Authoritarianism.

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Date: starting from April 2021

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