Year of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Department or School/College
Department of Communication Studies
Anthony Johnstone, Sara Hayden
neoliberalism, neoconservatism, populism, populist frame, wisconsin, scott walker
University of Montana
The American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, has been championing neoliberal and neoconservative bills relatively unnoticed in statehouses across the country for years. Using the populist frame, I contend that ALEC creates a new subject position for its corporate and legislative members as small business owners and virtuous entrepreneurs. This rhetoric is also on display in Wisconsin, where Governor Scott Walker utilizes populist rhetoric to constitute "the people" as workers.
Sherwood, Anne, "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Free Markets: ALEC's Populist Constructions of "the People" in State Politics" (2014). Graduate Student Theses, Dissertations, & Professional Papers. 4214.
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