conflict & communication online, Vol. 19, No. 1&2, 2020
ISSN 1618-0747




Julia Schnepf
"Love your country and not Moroccan thieves!" - Right-wing populist rhetoric and its effects on in- and out-groups

Right-wing populist actors are well known for violating the rules of political correctness, using a taboo breaking language style, and provoking between the national ingroup and non-national outgroups. This literature review focuses on how right-wing populist rhetoric affects different social groups of a society. The literature reviewed indicates that right-wing populist campaigning offers status enhancing effects on parts of the national ingroup, while implicit and explicit stereotypes and prejudice against the targeted outgroups are reinforced. By doing so, right-wing populists are creating a vicious circle of raising outgroup prejudice, social exclusion, and self-fulfilling prophecies. Overcoming this vicious circle is one of the main tasks that democratic counterparts, civic society, and the media are facing in this day and age.


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The author:
Julia Schnepf has studied in political science, psychology and economics at the University of Heidelberg. She is PhD student in the field of political psychology at the University of Koblenz-Landau. Her current research focuses on structural and individual determinants of (extreme) election decisions as well as framing effects in political discourse.