Skip to main content

Thank you for visiting nature.com. You are using a browser version with limited support for CSS. To obtain the best experience, we recommend you use a more up to date browser (or turn off compatibility mode in Internet Explorer). In the meantime, to ensure continued support, we are displaying the site without styles and JavaScript.

Measuring populist discourse in the United States and beyond

Many have argued that populism dominated the 2016 US presidential election. Textual analysis of electoral discourse in the United States, Greece and Venezuela suggests that the overall level of populism in the US election was in fact moderate. Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump engaged in populist discourse, but Trump lacked consistency.

Access options

Rent or Buy article

Get time limited or full article access on ReadCube.

from$8.99

All prices are NET prices.

Fig. 1

References

  1. 1.

    Ostiguy, P. & Roberts, K. M. Brown J. World Aff. 23, 25–50 (2016).

    Google Scholar 

  2. 2.

    Mudde, C. & Rovira Kaltwasser, C. Populism: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford Univ. Press, Oxford, 2017).

  3. 3.

    The transcript of Bernie Sanders’s victory speech. The Washington Post (10 February 2016); https://go.nature.com/2pJSE6M.

  4. 4.

    Trump, D. Closing campaign speech (Detroit, MI, 8 November 2016); https://go.nature.com/2GBlcto.

  5. 5.

    White, E. M. Teaching and Assessing Writing (Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, CA, 1985).

    Google Scholar 

  6. 6.

    Hawkins, K. Comp. Polit. Stud. 42, 1040–1067 (2009).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  7. 7.

    Bonikowski, B. & Gidron, N. Soc. Forces 94, 1593–1621 (2016).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  8. 8.

    Mascaro, L. Trump speechwriter Stephen Miller, a Santa Monica High grad, pens address for President’s Middle East visit. Los Angeles Times (19 May 2017).

  9. 9.

    van Hauwaert, S. & van Kessel, S. Eur. J. Polit. Res. 57, 68–92 (2017).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  10. 10.

    Rahn, W. & Oliver, E. Ann. Am. Acad. Pol. Soc. Sci. 667, 189–206 (2016).

    Article  Google Scholar 

Download references

Author information

Affiliations

Authors

Corresponding author

Correspondence to Kirk A. Hawkins.

Ethics declarations

Competing interests

The authors declare no competing interests.

Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

About this article

Verify currency and authenticity via CrossMark

Cite this article

Hawkins, K.A., Rovira Kaltwasser, C. Measuring populist discourse in the United States and beyond. Nat Hum Behav 2, 241–242 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41562-018-0339-y

Download citation

Search

Quick links

Nature Briefing

Sign up for the Nature Briefing newsletter — what matters in science, free to your inbox daily.

Get the most important science stories of the day, free in your inbox. Sign up for Nature Briefing