Centre for Research in Communication and Culture


6 November 2020

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

Presented By Professor Daphne Halikiopoulou as part of the CRCC Seminar Series

About this event

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 abound: 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 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, i.e. the ways in which parties use nationalism strategically in an attempt to broaden their electoral appeal.

Daphne Halikiopoulou is a Professor of Comparative Politics. She has written extensively on nationalism and the cultural and economic determinants of far-right party support. She is the author of The Golden Dawn's 'Nationalist Solution': explaining the rise of the far right in Greece (with Sofia Vasilopoulou) and numerous articles on European far-right parties. Her research appears in the European Journal of Political Research, Journal of Common Market Studies, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Government and Opposition, European Political Science Review, and Nations and Nationalism among others. In 2016 she was the recipient of an American Political Science Association (APSA) European Politics and Society Section Best Paper Award for her co-authored article 'Risks, Costs and Labour Markets: Explaining Cross-National Patterns of Far-Right Party Success in European Parliament Elections' (with Tim Vlandas). She is an editor of the journal Nations and Nationalism and co-editor (with Daniel Stockemer) of the Springer book series in Electoral Politics.

Information on her most recent book The Golden Dawn's 'Nationalist Solution': Explaining the Rise of the Far Right in Greece (Reform and Transition in the Mediterranean) can be found here.

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