“Green against Blue” – Reflections on the 2016 Austrian Presidential Election (TruLies Blog by Ruth Wodak)

"Wien-Hofburg-Präsidentschaftskanzlei" (CC BY-SA 2.0) by Berlin sur Seine

The 2016 election campaign President of Austria has been one of the dirtiest political campaigns in recent Austrian history. Especially candidate Norbert Hofer from the right-wing populist FPÖ party frequently used incorrect asser­tions and populist language, basing his discourse on fear. In this blog post, Prof. Dr. Ruth Wodak explains and analyses which strategies were being used by Hofer and the FPÖ, which societal conflict they build on and who votes for them.

Em. Professor Dr Dr h.c. Ruth Wodak was Distin­guished Professor for Discourse Studies at Lancaster University and has remained affil­iated with the University of Vienna. A version of this article was first published on E‑International Relations on June 14, 2016.

The project “TruLies – The Truth about Lies on Europe”, aided by the Stiftung Mercator and run by the Institute for European Politics (IEP) in cooper­ation with Das Progressive Zentrum, has two principal objec­tives. On the one hand, it strives to decon­struct Eurosceptic and populist preju­dices, animosities, and false asser­tions, by means of social scien­tif­i­cally-grounded analysis. Thus, it aims to contribute to a ratio­nal­i­sation of the public discourse and debate in Germany (and beyond). On the other hand, “TruLies Europe” endeavours to publicly commu­nicate its findings beyond the select circle of scholars to political actors, civil society, and the wider public. You may find further infor­mation on our website: http://trulies-europe.de/.

Ruth Wodak’s contri­bution can be found here.