English title: The Populist Radical Right and European Integration: A Comparative Analysis of Party–Voter Links

Author(s): Margarita Gómez-Reino - Iván Llamazares -

Language: English

Type: Journal article

Year: 2013

Abstract

This article analyses the links between populist radical right parties and their voters regarding European integration in 11 European countries. It does so by using data from the 2008 European Social Survey and the 2006 UNC-Chapel Hill Expert Data Base on political parties and European integration. In addition to mapping the Eurosceptic orientations of political parties and their voters, the article examines the degree to which attitudes towards the EU and voting for populist radical parties are connected to each other. The results lend support to the hypothesis that most populist radical right parties have managed to establish links with their voters regarding European integration. The analysis also shows that links between populist radical right parties and their voters tend to be stronger for those parties that adopt more extreme negative positions towards European integration.

Volume: 36

Issue: 4

From page no: 789

To page no: 816

Refereed: Yes

DOI: 10.1080/01402382.2013.783354

Journal: West European Politics