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Populist Parties in Europe

Agents of Discontent?

Authors: van Kessel, Stijn

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Populism is a concept that is currently in vogue among political commentators and, more often than not, used pejoratively. The phenomenon of populism is typically seen as something adverse and, in the European context routinely related to xenophobic politics. What populism exactly is and who its main representatives are, however, often remains unclear. This text has two main aims: to identify populist parties in 21st century Europe and to explain their electoral performance. It argues that populist parties should not be dismissed as dangerous pariahs out of hand but rather that their rise tells us something about the state of representative democracy.

The study has a broad scope, including populist parties of various ideological kinds – thus moving beyond examples of the ‘right’ – and covering long-established Western European countries as well as post-communist countries in Central and Eastern Europe. It presents the results of an innovative mixed-methods research project, combining a fuzzy set Qualitative Comparative Analysis (fsQCA) of populist parties in 31 European countries with three in-depth case studies of the Netherlands, Poland and the United Kingdom.

About the authors

Stijn van Kessel is Lecturer in European Politics at Queen Mary University of London. His main research interests are populism, Euroscepticism, and the discourse, voters and electoral performance of populist parties in Europe. He authored articles in journals including European Journal of Political Research, Journal of European Integration, Journal of Political Ideologies and Government and Opposition.  

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction: Studying Populism in European Party Systems

    Kessel, Stijn

    Pages 1-32

  • Populist Parties across Europe

    Kessel, Stijn

    Pages 33-73

  • Paths to Populist Electoral Success and Failure: fsQCA Analysis

    Kessel, Stijn

    Pages 74-98

  • Populist Parties in the Netherlands

    Kessel, Stijn

    Pages 99-120

  • Populist Parties in Poland

    Kessel, Stijn

    Pages 121-143

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Populist Parties in Europe
Book Subtitle
Agents of Discontent?
Authors
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-41411-3
DOI
10.1057/9781137414113
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-41410-6
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-49012-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 239
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