Celebrity meets populism in Europe: The political performances of Nicholas Sarkozy and Silvio Berlusconi

Alomes, S and Mascitelli, B 2013, 'Celebrity meets populism in Europe: The political performances of Nicholas Sarkozy and Silvio Berlusconi', Australian and New Zealand Journal of European Studies, vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 30-43.


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Title Celebrity meets populism in Europe: The political performances of Nicholas Sarkozy and Silvio Berlusconi
Author(s) Alomes, S
Mascitelli, B
Year 2013
Journal name Australian and New Zealand Journal of European Studies
Volume number 5
Issue number 1
Start page 30
End page 43
Total pages 14
Publisher Contemporary European Studies Association of Australia
Abstract Throughout the world, celebrity and populism have become formidable combinations in supporting political leadership. The rise of these phenomena has provoked much debate and has led to the examination of the features, causes and consequences of this kind of politics. Celebrity politics is a reflection of both the influence of celebrities and the power of celebrity images in the media which see politicians becoming celebrities, deliberately or accidentally. The political rise and fall of Nicholas Sarkozy and Silvio Berlusconi and their roles in the performances associated with political leadership furnish two case studies of celebrity and populism in France and Italy respectively. This paper examines these two "presidentialstyle" leaders in Europe who at first seemedadept in practising aspects of both celebrity and populist politics.
Subject Comparative Government and Politics
Globalisation and Culture
Keyword(s) celebrity
celebrity politics
populism
Sarkozy
Berlusconi
Europe
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