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Populism, Nationalism and Radical Politics Study Group

Multiple Paths to the Populist Radical Right: Voting for Populist Radical Right Parties in Cities and the Countryside


April 17, 2018
4:15pm - 6:00pm
Hoffmann Room, Adolphus Busch Hall
April 17, 2018
4:15pm - 6:00pm
Hoffmann Room, Adolphus Busch Hall

**Please note: This event does not include a presentation. Those planning to attend should read the paper that will be posted on the CES website before the seminar.**

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Using unique geo-referenced survey data from the Netherlands, the paper analyzes the support for populist radical right parties among 7,000 Dutch respondents. It distinguishes between respondents living in urban or rural areas based on the population density of their (sub-municipal) district. According to the paper, the presence of immigrants can explain why populist radical right parties are more popular in some urban areas than others. This explanation, however, does not hold in rural areas, in which the migration of young people to urban areas and the decline in services are important factors driving the success of populist radical right parties. Hence, to understand the support for the populist radical right the heterogeneity of its electorate should be recognized and the idea of equifinality should be embraced.

Sarah de Lange's presentation is based on a project she is currently working on that is funded by the Open Research Area (ORA) entitled Sub-National Context and Radical Right Support in Europe. The project examines the way in which contextual factors, such as a neighborhood's social fabric and ethnic diversity, affect the support for radical right-wing populist parties in France, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

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