English title: The Demand Side of Support for Radical Right Parties

Author(s): Jason Kehrberg -

Language: English

Type: Journal article

Year: 2015


This study examines the link between individual attitudes and voting for radical right parties in 16 European countries, using the European Social Survey (ESS). This study includes, in a single model, several different components of the radical right political platform in order to test which components are more strongly found among radical right voters. Using the initial assumption that the anti-immigrant message of radical right parties should be attractive to individuals with similar predispositions, I use the ESS to find evidence that radical right voters are attracted to these parties because of the political message of immigration attitudes and anti-democratic attitudes. Further, depending on the context, social conservatism is associated with radical right support. In sum, radical right support is based on multiple factors with immigration attitudes as the primary consideration, with populism and social conservatism playing a minor but significant role.

Volume: 13

Issue: 5

From page no: 553

To page no: 576

Refereed: Yes


Journal: Comparative European Politics

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