Immigration, Xenophobia, and Radical Right-wing Populism

Project leader

Funding source

Swedish Research Council - Vetenskapsrådet (VR)

Project Details

Start date: 01/01/2010
End date: 31/12/2012
Funding: 3000000 SEK


This project investigates the link between xenophobia and other immigration-negative attitudes and the electoral strength of radical right-wing (RRP) parties. The general aim is to explain (1) why certain categories of voters are more likely to vote for RRP parties than other voters (and, related, why some voters are more prone to xenophobic attitudes); (2) why RRP parties are more successful in some countries than in others, and even within countries; why they are more successful in certain regions and municipalities than in others; (3) in what ways (1) and (2) have changed over time; and (4) what political impact RRP parties have on migration-related policy. The project will combine quantitative and qualitative strategies. The quantitative parts of the project will consist both of cross-national comparisons and a comparison of Swedish municipalities. In addition, we will select four critical cases on each level (i.e., four countries and four Swedish municipalities) that will be examined in a much more detailed, qualitative way.

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