Lookup NU author(s): Dr Rosario Aguilar
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This paper conducts an experimental test of the theory of ideational populism in a mostlikelycase: a well-known Chilean populist presidential candidate, Roxana Miranda. At the time ofour study, Chile had the necessary conditions for ideational populism: corruption scandals and acrisis of political representation that lowered citizens’ trust in establishment elites. The stimuluswas a speech that included the core elements of ideational populist discourse. Despite the carefulexperimental design and a ripe political atmosphere, we found no effects of populist discourse onvoting intentions or evaluations of Miranda among the research participants. We discuss thepossible reasons for these null findings. Rather than disqualifying the theory of ideationalpopulism, we conclude that our research calls theorists to incorporate other elements – ideology,gender, issue positions, strategic voting – into their models of ideational populism.
Author(s): Aguilar R, Carlin R
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Swiss Political Science Review
Print publication date: 01/12/2017
Online publication date: 01/09/2017
Acceptance date: 08/06/2017
ISSN (electronic): 1662-6370
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
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