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Right-wing Populism in the West: The New Nationalism Revisited

  • 6 November 2020
  • 1pm-2pm
  • Online

About this event

A talk delivered by Professor Daphne Halikiopoulou as part of the Centre for Research in Communication and Culture (CRCC) seminar series.

The term ‘new nationalism’ is often used to describe parties and groups that share a common emphasis on national sovereignty and a pledge to restore it in the name of the people.

These groups have enjoyed increasing electoral success in recent years, and have become increasingly entrenched in their domestic political arenas. Examples include the Front National (now Rassemblement National), the Alternative for Germany (AfD), the Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ), the Dutch Freedom Party (PVV) and the Italian Lega, who all made electoral gains in recent years.

Outside the European context, Donald Trump is a pertinent example of the ‘new nationalism’ in power. This talk will address the dramatic rise (and in some cases decline) of this phenomenon by posing a twofold argument: (1) in terms of demand, nationalism is only a partial explanation, as voters economic concerns remain pivotal within the context of the transnational cleavage; (2) the explanatory power of nationalism is in the supply, ie the ways in which parties use nationalism strategically in an attempt to broaden their electoral appeal.

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