Populism in election times: a comparative analysis of 11 countries in Western Europe

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Title
Populism in election times: a comparative analysis of 11 countries in Western Europe
Title of the book
Varieties of Populism in Europe in Times of Crises
Author(s)
Bernhard Laurent, Kriesi Hanspeter
Publisher
Routledge
ISBN
9781003157380
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Published
Issued date
17/02/2021
Pages
48-68
Language
english
Abstract
The article comparatively examines the levels of populism exhibited by parties in Western Europe. It relies on a quantitative content analysis of press releases collected in the context of eleven national elections between 2012 to 2015. In line with the first hypothesis, the results show that parties from both the radical right and the radical left make use of populist appeals more frequently than mainstream parties. With regard to populism on cultural issues, the article establishes that the radical right outclasses the remaining parties, thereby supporting the second hypothesis. On economic issues, both types of radical parties are shown to be particularly populist. This pattern counters the third hypothesis, which suggests that economic populism is most prevalent among the radical left. Finally, there is no evidence for the fourth hypothesis, given that parties from the South do not resort to more populism on economic issues than those from the North.
Keywords
Populism, Western Europe, Electioins, Radical left, Radical right
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