English title: Word on the Street: The Persistence of Leftist-dominated Protest in Europe

Author(s): Mariano Torcal - Toni Rodon - María José Hierro -

Language: English

Type: Journal article

Year: 2016


Classic studies of protest politics have traditionally defended the dominant left-wing orientation of protesters. However, some recent research has highlighted the general spread of protest by the increasing participation of right-wing individuals. Has this process meant an ‘ideological normalisation’ of protesters? The present article tackles this question by examining competing hypotheses regarding the relationship between ideology and political protest. Through a hierarchical multilevel design, the article tests whether left-wing (or right-wing) supporters are more likely to stay at home when left-wing (right-wing) parties are in power and whether they intensify their protest activities when they are more distant from the government’s ideological position. The article shows that left-wing individuals protest more under right-wing governments than under left-wing governments and yet, they are the group which protest the most also under left-wing governments. Both party mobilisation and values appear to be behind these individuals' greater propensity to participate regardless of the governments' ideological orientation.

Volume: 39

Issue: 2

From page no: 326

To page no: 350

Refereed: Yes

DOI: 10.1080/01402382.2015.1068525

Journal: West European Politics

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