A breakthrough moment or false dawn? The great recession and the radical right in Europe

Goodwin, Matthew J. (2014) A breakthrough moment or false dawn? The great recession and the radical right in Europe. In: Sandelind, Clara, ed. European Populism and Winning the Immigration Debate. European Liberal Forum, pp. 15-40. ISBN 978-91-87379-22-2. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Followers of radical and extreme right parties often believe that a crisis will bring them to power. As the old economic and political order breaks down they will be propelled into office by insecure and anxious voters, who are looking for parties that project discipline, strength and a nationalist ethos. In 2009, the onset of the Great Recession and a wider financial crisis seemed to present Europe’s radical right with the much anticipated moment of opportunity. While academics have long argued that latent support for these parties exists in most (if not all) Western democracies, largely because some voters will always feel ‘left behind’ by rapid social and economic change and angry toward perceived out-groups, the sudden economic downturn seemed to present a perfect storm for these parties in three ways...

Item Type: Book section
Subjects: J Political Science
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Depositing User: Matthew Goodwin
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2016 11:46 UTC
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2016 12:17 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/54375 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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