Radical right-wing populist parties, such as Geert Wilders’ Party for Freedom, Marine Le Pen’s National Front or Nigel Farage’s UKIP, are becoming increasingly influential in Western European democracies. Their electoral support is growing, their impact on policy-making is substantial, and in recent years several radical right-wing populist parties have assumed office or supported minority governments.

Are these developments the cause and/or consequence of the mainstreaming of radical right-wing populist parties? Have radical right-wing populist parties expanded their issue profiles, moderated their policy positions, toned down their anti-establishment rhetoric and shed their extreme right reputations to attract more voters and/or become coalition partners? This timely book answers these questions on the basis of both comparative research and a wide range of case studies, covering Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

Analysing the extent to which radical right-wing populist parties have become part of mainstream politics, as well as the factors and conditions which facilitate this trend, this book is essential reading for students and scholars working in European politics, in addition to anyone interested in party politics and current affairs more generally.

chapter |28 pages

Inclusion and mainstreaming?

Radical right-wing populist parties in the new millennium
ByTjitske Akkerman, Sarah L. de Lange, Matthijs Rooduijn

part |41 pages

Comparative analyses

chapter |22 pages

Into the mainstream?

A comparative analysis of the programmatic profiles of radical right-wing populist parties in Western Europe over time
ByTjitske Akkerman, Sarah L. de Lange, Matthijs Rooduijn

chapter |17 pages

Closing the gap?

A comparison of voters for radical right-wing populist parties and mainstream parties over time
ByMatthijs Rooduijn

part |212 pages

Case studies

chapter |21 pages

The mainstreaming of the Austrian Freedom Party

The more things change…
ByReinhard Heinisch, Kristina Hauser

chapter |19 pages

The Danish People's Party

Combining cooperation and radical positions
ByFlemming Juul Christiansen

chapter |31 pages

From the mainstream to the margin?

The radicalisation of the True Finns
ByAnn-Cathrine Jungar

chapter |25 pages

The Party for Freedom

Balancing between mission, votes and office 1
ByTjitske Akkerman

chapter |24 pages

The taming of the shrew

How the Progress Party (almost) became part of the mainstream
ByAnders Ravik Jupskås

chapter |15 pages

Staying away from the mainstream

The case of the Swiss People's Party
ByOscar Mazzoleni

chapter |17 pages

It is still a long way from Madou Square to Law Street

The evolution of the Flemish Bloc
ByPaul Lucardie, Tjitske Akkerman, Teun Pauwels

chapter |22 pages

A new course for the French radical right?

The Front National and ‘de-demonisation'
ByGilles Ivaldi

chapter |21 pages

The UK Independence Party

The dimensions of mainstreaming
BySimon Usherwood

chapter |15 pages


ByTjitske Akkerman