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Straddling the Divide: Mainstream Populism and Conservatism in Howard’s Australia and Harper’s Canada
University of Calgary.
University of Sydney.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1843-6032
2012 (English)In: Commonwealth and Comparative Politics, ISSN 1466-2043, E-ISSN 1743-9094, Vol. 50, no 3, 271-292 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper builds on the insights of Sawer and Laycock (2009) to explore similarities in the use of populist discourse by former Australian Prime John Howard and current Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. While Sawer and Laycock label this discourse ‘market populism’ and focus on economic issues, here it is argued that Howard and Harper's populism is better understood as ‘mainstream populism’ due to the equal importance of sociocultural issues in their discourses. To demonstrate this, the treatment of issues such as immigration, multiculturalism, the culture wars, criminal justice, and childcare is considered. It is further suggested that such populist policies were used to satisfy rival wings of their respective parties – neoliberals and social conservatives – that do not always share the same priorities.

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2012. Vol. 50, no 3, 271-292 p.
Keyword [en]
populism, conservatism, Stephen Harper, John Howard, Australia, Canada
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
Research subject
Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-97173DOI: 10.1080/14662043.2012.692922OAI: diva2:676188
Available from: 2013-12-05 Created: 2013-12-05 Last updated: 2013-12-13Bibliographically approved

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