One of the most significant events in European politics the past two decades is the emergence of radical right-wing parties, mobilizing against immigration and multiethnic societies. Such parties have established themselves in a large number of countries, often with voter shares exceeding ten and sometimes even twenty percent. Many of these parties exert a real influence on the policy within respective country.

The emergence of the recent wave of radical right-wing party politics has generated a large and growing literature, spanning a variety of dimensions—such as ideology, voting, and policy impact. This volume will cover all these dimensions, but it will in particular focus on two questions: why is it that the working class tends to be especially attracted by the radical right-wing parties? And what does the radical right-wing parties growing electoral successes mean for Social Democracy and the traditional left in Europe, which are meeting growing competition from the radical right over working class voters?

Bringing together the leading scholars within this field, this book makes a unique contribution by focusing on the relationship between class politics and the radical right.

chapter |9 pages


Class Politics and the radical right
ByJens Rydgren

chapter 1|21 pages

The populist right, the working class, and the changing face of class politics

BySimon Bornschier, Hanspeter Kriesi

chapter 2|21 pages

The class basis of the cleavage between the New Left and the radical right

An analysis for Austria, Denmark, Norway and Switzerland
ByDaniel Oesch

chapter 3|23 pages

Radical right parties

Their voters and their electoral competitors
ByWouter van der Brug, Meindert Fennema, Sarah de Lange, Inger Baller

chapter 4|16 pages

Working-class parties 2.0?

Competition between centre-left and extreme right parties
ByKai Arzheimer

chapter 5|16 pages

In or out of proportion?

Labour and social democratic parties' responses to the radical right
ByTim Bale, Dan Hough, Stijn van Kessel

chapter 6|15 pages

Right-wing populist parties and the working-class vote

What have you done for us lately?
ByHans-Georg Betz, Susi Meret

chapter 7|16 pages

Voting for the populist radical right in Western Europe

The role of education
ByElisabeth Ivarsflaten, Rune Stubager

chapter 8|18 pages

Gender, class, and radical right voting*

ByHilde Coffé

chapter 9|17 pages

The class basis of extreme right voting in France

Generational replacement and the rise of new cultural issues (1984–2007)
ByFlorent Gougou, Nonna Mayer

chapter 10|17 pages

Another Kind of class voting

The working-class sympathy for Sweden Democrats
ByMaria Oskarson, Marie Demker

chapter 11|16 pages

Mobilizing the workers?

Extreme right party support and campaign effects at the 2010 British general election
ByMatthew J. Goodwin, David Cutts

chapter 12|18 pages

The radical right in Central and Eastern Europe

Class politics in classless societies?
ByMichael Minkenberg, Bartek Pytlas

chapter 13|28 pages

Social class and the radical right

Conceptualizing political preference formation and partisan choice
ByHerbert Kitschelt