Radical Right-wing Parties in Europe: A Comparative Study

Project leader

Funding source

Swedish Research Council - Vetenskapsrådet (VR)

Project Details

Start date: 01/01/2017
End date: 31/12/2020
Funding: 5000000 SEK


The purpose of this research project is to conduct a comparative study
of radical right-wing parties in Europe. The general aim is to identify
factors that explain why such parties have succeeded in some countries,
while largely failing in others. There will be a special focus on three
specific aspects, which are deemed to be particularly important. First,
this research project focuses on the relationship between class politics
and the reemergence of radical right-wing parties. For example, to
date there are no systematic, comparative studies of the role of labor
unions in the de- and realignment processes that have prepared the
ground for radical right-wing mobilization. Strong unions, associated
with the political left, may sustain working-class identities and work
as a shield against radical right-wing party mobilization. Second, we
will provide a systematic study of cross-national diffusion of
frames. Can we observe increased fragmentation within the party family
of radical right-wing parties in Europe, or even divergence? Or will we
see convergence over time and, if so, to what extent will this
convergence be the result of mutual influence? Third, we will follow up
on a previous study by the PI, which demonstrated that the frame that
links immigration and multiculturalism to social tension and unrest was
particularly effective in attracting voters, as were frames that relate
immigration and crime.

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