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The Nationalism-Populism-Social Conservatism Database of Presidents and Prime Ministers

In this presentation our Research Affiliate Erin Jenne introduces the Nationalism-Populism-Social Conservatism database of chief executives (presidents and prime ministers) in Europe and North America utilizing a technique innovated by Kirk Hawkins called holistic grading. Building on Hawkins’ Global Populism Database, this original database uses expert country coders to measure the rhetoric of each leader for populism, nationalism and social conservatism (the three features of right-wing populism) across a quota of speeches—campaign, famous, international and ribbon-cutting—for each term of office. The aim is to find the extent to which the three types of discourses intersect across both space and time.

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