Working-Class Authoritarianism und die Wahl rechtspopulitsischer Parteien. Eine empirische Untersuchung für fünf westeuropäische Staaten

English title: Working-class authoritarianism and the vote for right-wing populist parties. An empirical analysis for five west European countries

Author(s): D. Scheuregger - T. Spier -

Language: German

Type: Journal article

Year: 2007


May the often stated over-representation of workers in the electorates of right-wing populist parties in Western Europe be explained by the so-called "working-class authoritarianism"-thesis by S.M. Lipset? Following this thesis, there are specific socialisation and deprivation experiences in the social situation of the working-class, favouring the development of authoritarian traits and making class-members more susceptible to authoritarian parties. On the basis of the European Social Survey of 2002 the thesis is tested empirically by using the Goldthorpe class scheme and two measures of authoritarianism. It is shown that workers are more inclined to vote for right-wing populist parties and have higher levels of authoritarianism. Furthermore, persons with high levels of authoritarianism are more likely to vote for such parties. The authors conclude that disproportionately high shares of votes for right-wing populist parties from the working-class are, indeed, mediated by authoritarianism. In addition to this, class affiliation has an independent effect on voting behaviour. Finally, it is found that authoritarianism has an even stronger impact on the vote for right-wing populist parties in the service class and the class of routine non-manual workers, though being less frequent there.

Volume: 59

Issue: 1

From page no: 59

To page no: 80

Refereed: Yes


Journal: Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie

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