Legitimacy, Populism, and Anti-immigration Parties

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Elisabeth Ivarsflaten
Universitetet i Bergen
Panel Discussant
Joost Van Spanje
University of Amsterdam
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07/09/2017 09:00
Building: BL20 Helga Engs hus Floor: Basement Room: HE U36
There is extensive agreement in the literature on populist radical right parties that legitimacy is a crucial supply-side factor in explanations of these parties’ electoral success. However, much less is known about why some anti-immigrant parties are perceived as legitimate, while others are not. The literature suggests that some sort of break with the old extreme-right appears important, that mainstream or even legal reactions and sanctions may matter, that size of support or organization perhaps play a part, and that party reputations are important. The relationship between populism, extremism, and legitimacy is complicated and remains not well understood. The Panel raises the important discussion of the role of legitimacy among anti-immigrant parties, and the emphasis will be on novel empirical contributions that may inform the debate.

Paper List

Nativist Messages and Party Reputations: Evidence from the U.S. Presidential Campaign View Paper Details
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