• Katarina Pettersson
This doctoral dissertation explores how populist radical right politicians in Finland and Sweden use political blogs for the purpose of nationalist political communication and persuasion. The study builds upon research that has highlighted the growing importance of social media in the transmission of radical right, nationalist and anti-immigration political discourse, and to the central role of these media in the gradual normalisation of such discourse. Moreover, the study acknowledges the potential indicated by previous research of political blogs to function as tools for voter persuasion and mobilisation. The study aims to contribute with insights on how social psychological dynamics such as self-presentation, identity-constructions, discursive divisions between ingroups and outgroups , strategies of persuasion, and appeals to emotions and nostalgic memories are involved in these processes.

The dissertation examines blog-entries by members of the populist radical right parties the Finns Party (Perussuomalaiset) in Finland and the Sweden Democrats (Sverigedemokraterna) in Sweden during 2007-2015.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationHelsinki
PublisherUniversity of Helsinki
Number of pages102
ISBN (print)978-951-51-2607-8
ISBN (electronic)978-951-51-2608-5
StatePublished - 9. Jun 2017
NameValtiotieteellisen tiedekunnan julkaisuja
Number51
Volume2017
ISSN (print)2343-273X

Note re. dissertation

Doctoral thesis. Doctoral dissertation. Doktorsavhandling.

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