All on the same boat? Voting for pirate parties in comparative perspective

Simon Otjes*

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The rise of pirate parties in Europe since 2006 has been tempestuous and uneven. One may question whether the reasons citizens vote for these parties are the same between different countries. This article identifies two reasons citizens may vote for these parties: political distrust and concerns about privacy. This article tests which of these two underlies support for pirate parties. It uses six surveys covering 11 countries with a total 43,786 respondents. These analyses show that political distrust primarily drives support for pirate parties.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)38-53
Number of pages16
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb-2020


  • Internet politics
  • libertarianism
  • pirate parties
  • political trust
  • voting behaviour


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