Political and ideological normalization: quality of government, mainstream-right ideological positions and extreme-right support

Christos Vrakopoulos

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Abstract

This article aims to explain the variation in the electoral support for extreme-right parties (ERPs) in Europe. The extant literature on the far-right party family does not answer this question specifically with regard to the extreme-right variants for two main reasons. Firstly, theories did not expect the electoral success of these parties in post-war Europe due to their anti-democratic profiles and association with fascism. Secondly, despite the fact that they acknowledge the differences between the parties under the far-right umbrella - namely, the extreme and the radical - they normally do not take these differences into account, and if so, they focus on the radical-right parties. This article shows that electoral support for ERPs is associated with low quality of government and highly conservative mainstream-right parties. The former creates political legitimization for anti-democratic parties and the latter ideological normalization of extreme right.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)56-73
JournalEuropean Political Science Review
Volume14
Issue number1
Early online date21 Oct 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 28 Feb 2022
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • extreme-right
  • Keywords:
  • mainstream-right
  • party competition
  • quality of government

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations

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