Honest Speaking in the Post-Truth Politics Age (TruLies-Blog by Sophie Gaston)
We live in complicated, global times, and times of complicated, global policy-making. In that context, how does populism influence mainstream political discourse and policy-making? Sophie Gaston points out how discontent, angry and disenfranchised citizens no longer feel included by politicians’ speech, but populists’ simple messages avoid the complexities of policy making. Thereby, they challenge politicians who wish to uphold the traditional parliamentary system and tempt them to match populist rhetoric.
This text was first published on the blog of Demos, Britain’s leading cross-party think tank, where Sophie Gaston is Head of External Affairs and coordinates the research project „Nothing to Fear but Fear Itself“.
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/.
Sophie Gaston’s contribution can be found here.