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The dynamics of social change in Radical Right-wing Populist party support

By Jocelyn Aj Evans


Since the initial rise of Radical Right-wing populist parties (RRPs) in the mid-1980s, analyses have tried to identify the core social and attitudinal elements to these parties’ electorates and changes therein. Many have emphasised the convergence towards a common RRP type in Western Europe, away from the parties ’ differing roots. Moreover, regional differences between these parties, in particular between the Scandinavian Radical Right and the Continental Extreme Right has informed much of the literature on these cases. This paper looks at evidence of such shifts in RRP electorates, concentrating on their social profile. It finds that, whilst there are indeed shifts in the party electorates across time, these do not correspond entirely to the perception of a convergence of RRP types, and indeed that, on key social indicators such as education and class, the dynamics do not correspond to those commonly held Identifying Radical Right-wing Party (RRP) electorates has proved one of the more intractable problems in psephology. Since the appearance of the ‘third wave ’ of these European parties in the 1980s – a wave which has proved more long-lived than any o

Year: 2003
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