Mainstreaming populist discourse: the race-conscious legacy of neo-populist parties in Australia and Italy

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Title Mainstreaming populist discourse: the race-conscious legacy of neo-populist parties in Australia and Italy
Author Curran, Giorel
Journal Name Patterns of Prejudice
Editor David Cesarani
Year Published 2004
Place of publication London
Publisher Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group
Abstract Curran examines the political legacy of far-right neo-populist parties in Australia and Italy. She argues that assessments of their 'success' need to extend beyond the electoral decline or organizational implosion of the parties themselves. An important measure of their impact is the influence they have exerted on mainstream political discourse and styles of communication. That they have been successful in having such an impact is well illustrated in the politically expedient adoption of race-conscious, anti-immigration and anti-asylum policies in Australia and Italy. Curran examines the influence of Pauline Hanson's One Nation party and Umberto Bossi's Lega Nord (Northern League) on the mainstreaming of populist discourse in these two countries. She focuses on some of the populist themes and styles embraced by the Australian political leader John Howard and his Italian counterpart Silvio Berlusconi, and she concludes that, regardless of their political fragility or outright demise, these far-right neo-populist parties have been successful in injecting populist themes and prejudices into the mainstream political discourse in their respective countries.
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Copyright Statement Copyright 2004 Taylor & Francis : The author-version of this article will be available for download [12-18 months] after publication : Use hypertext link to access the version of the publisher.
Volume 38
Issue Number 1
Edition 2004
Page from 37
Page to 55
ISSN 0031-322X
Date Accessioned 2005-03-01
Language en_AU
Research Centre Centre for Governance and Public Policy
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Comparative Government and Politics
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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