It's not Economic Interventionism, Stupid! Reassessing the Political Economy of Radical Right-wing Populist Parties

Simon Otjes*, Gilles Ivaldi, Anders Ravik Jupskas, Oscar Mazzoleni

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This paper engages in a comparative analysis of the economic positions of radical right-wing populist parties in Western Europe. Following Ennser-Jedenastik (), we argue that those parties' political economy is best captured in terms of the nativist, populist and authoritarian features of their core ideology, each of which produces a specific set of economic policies independent from the issue of government intervention in the economy. On basis of an analysis of the election manifestos of seven radical right-wing populist parties in Western Europe in the period 2005-2015, we argue that those parties share similarities in their economic nativism, authoritarianism and populism, whilst their positions on the traditional role of the state in the economy are more diverse. The findings indicate also a unified nativist' response to the global financial crisis both in terms of welfare chauvinism and economic protectionism. We discuss the role of internal and external factors in explaining the economic profile of radical right-wing populist parties.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)270-290
Number of pages21
JournalSwiss Political Science Review
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep-2018


  • Radical right-wing populist parties
  • Economic policies
  • Populism
  • Welfare chauvinism
  • deserving poor

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