Populisms in Europe: Leftist, Rightist, Centrist and Paternalist-Nationalist Challengers

TitlePopulisms in Europe: Leftist, Rightist, Centrist and Paternalist-Nationalist Challengers
Publication TypeBook Chapter
AuthorsEnyedi, Z., and Martin Mölder
EditorsHerman, Lise, and James Muldoon
Book TitleTrumping the Mainstream: The Conquest of Mainstream Democratic Politics by Far-Right Populism
Place of PublicationLondon
Publisher linkhttps://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/9781315144993/chapters/10.4324/9781315144993-3

The chapter demonstrates that populist parties group to leftist, centrist, neoliberal and paternalistic-nationalistic types. The leftist populists are clearly distinct from the rest both culturally and economically, while the borders between the latter three are fluid. The prototypical populist parties tend to be right-wing on the cultural dimension, but more likely than the non-populists to combine this orientation with leftist views on the economy. The paternalist–nationalist populists as well as the left populists have recently turned towards more emphasis on the national way of life. Populism does not explicitly challenge the constitutional order of liberal democracy, but there is some evidence of a tendency towards increased Euroscepticism for both populists and non-populists.

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