What is it about?

We test whether the factors usually employed to understand populist radical right voting in Western Europe are also relevant in Central and Eastern Europe.

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Why is it important?

It is important because we show that the factors that account for the vote for populist radical right parties in Western Europe do not travel well to Central and Eastern Europe.


Euroscepticism boosts populist radical right party voting almost without exception, while nativism, regarded as the most important factor in the West, is only relevant in about half of the cases. Moreover, economic deprivation has no impact in Central and Eastern Europe, and political mistrust works in the opposite way to the West.

Andrés Santana
Universidad Autonoma de Madrid

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This page is a summary of: At odds with Europe: explaining populist radical right voting in Central and Eastern Europe, East European Politics, March 2020, Taylor & Francis,
DOI: 10.1080/21599165.2020.1737523.
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