Neo-nationalism in Western Europe
2015 (English)In: European Sociological Review, ISSN 0266-7215, E-ISSN 1468-2672, Vol. 31, no 1, 115-130 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The increasing popularity of radical right parties in Western Europe has received widespread attention. Despite a rather large literature on parties with explicitly anti-immigrant platforms, there is surprisingly little consensus about the underlying political ideology of this party family and its supporters. Particularly lacking is cross-national research that maps party positions in two-dimensional political space over time. Using Manifesto Project Data (1970-2010), we analyze election platforms of parties the literature has identified as radical right and show that they have qualitatively changed between 1970 and 2010. Current parties differ fundamentally from their predecessors in that nationalist claims are paramount. We utilize the European Social Survey (2002-2010) to confirm that voters’ attitudes are consistent with contemporary parties’ platforms. Our results point to a coherent political ideology, which may partially explain these parties’ recent electoral successes. Based on our combined analyses, we conclude that contemporary anti-immigrant parties constitute a new, distinct party family, which we term neo-nationalist.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 31, no 1, 115-130 p.
radical right, political parties, voting, Europe
Research subject Sociology; Political Science
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-108604DOI: 10.1093/esr/jcu087ISI: 000351349600009OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-108604DiVA: diva2:759705