Brusenbauch Meislová on Populism and Technocracy

26 Jun 2021

Monika Brusenbauch Meislová has co-edited, together with Russell Foster (King’s College London) and Jan Grzymski (University of Warsaw) a special issue of the Journal of Contemporary European Research on populism and technocracy.

Apart from the Introduction written by all three guest editors ("The Limits of European Legitimacy: On Populism and Technocracy. Introduction to the Special Issue"), she contributed with her own article titled “The EU as a Choice: Populist and Technocratic Narratives of the EU in the Brexit Referendum Campaign“.

Her article investigates the main populist and technocratic narratives employed in the campaign in the run-up to the 2016 British EU referendum. Adopting the general orientation of the Discourse Historical Approach in Critical Discourse Analysis, her paper discusses how the language of the Remain and Leave camps bore signs of both populist and technocratic discourses. The key argument developed in her article is that while, at the most general level, the populist rhetoric was discursively appropriated by the Leave campaign and the technocratic rhetoric by the Remain campaign, the Remain side displayed a lower degree of narrative consistency.

All articles in this special issue are open access and available here.


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