English title: How Can Mainstream Parties Prevent Niche Party Success? Center-Right Parties and the Immigration Issue

Author(s): Sergi Pardos-Prado -

Language: English

Type: Journal article

Year: 2015

Abstract

The individual and systemic determinants of radical right voting in Europe have been thoroughly analyzed in past research. Surprisingly, these studies have largely ignored the conditions under which moderate parties can limit the success of radical actors from a spatial perspective. This article shows that center-right parties can more successfully compete on the immigration issue when the issue space is one-dimensional and when immigration party positions are correlated with broader economic and cultural dimensions of competition. My findings highlight the critical role of economic dimensions of competition, which are usually neglected when explaining radical right success and failure

Volume: 77

Issue: 2

From page no: 352

To page no: 367

Refereed: Yes

DOI: 10.1086/680040

Journal: Journal of Politics