Benjamin Moffitt is Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Government, Uppsala University. His research is located at the intersection of comparative politics, contemporary political theory and political communications, and focuses on contemporary populism across the globe.
He is the author of 'The Global Rise of Populism: Performance, Political Style, and Representation' (Stanford University Press, 2016).
Keywords: democratic theory populism comparative politics political communication political representation
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I joined the Department of Government at Uppsala University as a Postdoc in February 2017. My research is located at the intersection of comparative politics, contemporary political theory and political communications, and focuses on contemporary populism across the globe. I am particularly interested in the ways in which populism is conceptualised, and how populism affects and interacts with democracy, political representation and contemporary media politics. While my research has a broad comparative scope, I have particular expertise in populism in the Asia-Pacific region. Previous to joining Uppsala, I was a postdoc and lecturer at the Department of Political Science, University of Stockholm. I have studied at the University of Sydney, University of Aarhus and University of Wollongong, and was a visiting research fellow at the Berlin Social Science Research Centre (WZB) in 2011. I am also an Associate of the Sydney Democracy Network.
My first book, ‘The Global Rise of Populism: Performance, Political Style and Representation’ was released in July 2016 by Stanford University Press. The book puts forward a new understanding of populism as distinct performative ‘political style’ that is prevalent across the globe. It explores the reasons why populism seems more common than ever before, the relationship between populism and the changing shape of the media landscape, how populists use and construct crisis, and how populism ultimately relates to democracy. To do this, it draws on illustrative examples from throughout the world, moving beyond the usual cases of Western Europe and the Americas, to also considering populism in lesser-studied regions like Asia and Africa. Making a plea for a more global and media-centered view of populism, it provides a vital new way of understanding one of the most controversial and contested concepts in contemporary politics.
I am also a frequent commentator on populism in the Swedish and international press, and my work has appeared in outlets such as The Economist, The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Bloomberg News, The Conversation and the BBC World Service.
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