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Ideational Populism in Chile? A Case Study

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Rosario AguilarORCiD



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by John Wiley & Sons Ltd., 2017.

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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.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Aguilar R, Carlin R

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Swiss Political Science Review

Year: 2017

Volume: 23

Issue: 4

Pages: 404-422

Print publication date: 01/12/2017

Online publication date: 01/09/2017

Acceptance date: 08/06/2017

Date deposited: 19/08/2019

ISSN (electronic): 1662-6370

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Ltd.


DOI: 10.1111/spsr.12268


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Center for Latin American and Latino Studies at Georgia State University