Working-class authoritarianism und die Wahl rechtspopulistischer Parteien - Eine ländervergleichende Untersuchung für Westeuropa

English title: Working-Class Authoritarianism and the Vote for Right-Wing Populist Parties - A Comparative Analysis for Western Europe

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

Language: German

Type: Conference paper/poster

Year: 2005


Recent studies of voting behaviour have shown that the share of people from the lower strata of society voting for right-wing populist parties has increased dramatically in the last two decades. This is especially true for the social group of blue-collar workers, which used to be the core electorate of left-wing parties like the socialist or social democratic parties in Western Europe. Explanations for this phenomenon are manifold and disputed. One classic approach to resolve the missing link between social stratification and right-wing voting behaviour is Lipsets thesis of "working-class authoritarianism": It states, that there are specific conditions of socialisation and experiences of deprivation in the social situation of the working-class, which favour the development of authoritarian attitudes, making class-members more susceptible to authoritarian movements and parties. In this paper the authors try to re-examine the Lipset-thesis using data from the first wave of the European Social Survey (ESS).

Conference name: Politische Herausforderungen im Verhältnis von Bürgern und Politik - Aktuelle Fragen der Wahl- und Einstellungsforschung

Location: Mannheim

Start date: Jun 9, 2005

Type: Paper

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