Right-wing Populism and Borders. A cross-spatial comparative Study of Switzerland and France.

Auteur Grégoire YERLY
Directeur /trice Oscar Mazzoleni
Co-directeur(s) /trice(s)
Résumé de la thèse

The aim of this research is to analyze the role of right-wing populist parties’ (RWPPs) discourse in interpreting and reshaping borders, and to understand if there is a convergence of RWPPs’ discourses at borderlands. We will focus on two cross-border regions with a strong economic interdependence, that is Geneva (CH) with its neighboring French regions (Haute-Savoie and Ain) and Basel (CH) with its neighboring French region (Haut-Rhin). We will focus on discourses produced by three RWPPs present and active in those areas – the Swiss People’s Party (SVP), the National Rally (RN) and the Geneva Citizen’s Movement (MCG). We will analyze the discourses’ construction through the methodology of critical discourse analysis (CDA), more precisely with the help of the discourse historical approach (DHA). It will allow us to lead a cross-spatial qualitative analysis of the discursive reshaping of the borders, by shining a light on the symbolic construction of “us” and “them”.

Thus, this thesis will explore the discourse produced by RWPPs in a new light, more precisely through the lens of the borderland. Despite the ongoing rise of globalization, which is creating new political opportunities and structures that are radically changing the structure of the nation-state, academic studies on populism still tend to concentrate on a national scale of analysis. The purpose here is to go beyond that national container and to analyze populist discourses at borderlands in a cross-border perspective by adopting a constructivist framework and especially by analyzing the discursive production of RWPPs at different political levels.

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Délai administratif de soutenance de thèse 2023
URL https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Gregoire_Yerly