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The influence of populist parties in Europe on the rhetoric and discursive strategies of established political parties: Populist political communication going mainstream?

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Project Description

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship funded by the Loughborough University Graduate School in conjunction with the University’s Communication, Culture and Citizenship Research Challenge to start in October 2016. The project will be based in the Department of Politics, History and International Relations at Loughborough University working closely with the Department of Social Sciences.

Internationally renowned for its research excellence, the University has a vibrant research student community of around 1200 students supported by an £8 million annual investment. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) every department was found to be undertaking research that is internationally recognised, with many regarded as ‘world leading’. Comfortably ranked in the top 20 of all major university league tables, the University was awarded The Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-2009 and was voted The Times Higher Education ‘Best Student Experience’ in England for six years running.

This project will examine how mainstream political parties across Europe face electoral competition from populist challengers. While existing studies have shown how the former have felt pressured to change the way they position themselves, this project asks whether mainstream parties have also adopted the stylistic elements associated with populist parties. It will take a small-N comparative approach to look at changes in party communications over time and across countries to understand the processes involved and the extent of the changes. The student will be expected to use a range of methods including: content analysis and causal case studies methods.

Students will normally need to hold, or expect to gain, at least a 2:1 degree (or equivalent) in communication (politics focused), politics or political science. A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following will be an advantage: communication studies, political communication, politics or political science.

General information about the Department of Politics, History and International Relations can be found at: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/phir/ and about the Department of Social Science at: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/socialsciences/.

For informal enquiries about the project, please contact Dr Stijn van Kessel [email protected] or Professor James Stanyer [email protected]

To apply, please complete the online application using the following link: https://lucas.lboro.ac.uk/web_apx/f?p=100:1.
Under programme name, select ‘Politics, History and International Relations’.

The closing date for applications is 15th February 2016
Please quote the following reference when applying: GSRC2016CCC/SV

Funding Notes

The studentship is for three years and is intended to start in October 2016. The studentship provides a stipend of £14,057 per annum (current 15/16 rate) plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate for up to three years. International (non EU) students may apply but will need to find the difference in fees between those for a ‘UK/EU’ and ‘international’ student themselves.

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