Discursive reactions to populism: The case of the European Central Bank


  • Alexandra Oanca SNSPA


This study examines the discursive reactions of the European Central Bank (ECB) to populism. Focusing on the period from 2012 to 2019, the research uses a corpus of 20 speeches delivered by ECB representatives. Through a textual and contextual analysis, the aim is to uncover patterns and themes within the ECB’s discourse on populism. The findings reveal a cohesive and unified discourse, suggesting a consistent messaging strategy employed by the ECB. The discourse strand is shown to be predominantly anti-populist, portraying populism as a referential object and associating it with economic uncertainty. The two possible explanations for the ECB’s anti-populist discourse are proposed: as part of the ECB’s discursive strategy to legitimise its actions and reinforce credibility, or as a sign of the potential politicisation of the bank. 


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How to Cite

Oanca, A. (2022). Discursive reactions to populism: The case of the European Central Bank. Journal of Danubian Studies and Research, 12(1). Retrieved from https://dj.univ-danubius.ro/index.php/JDSR/article/view/2363



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