Type
Conference contribution
Title
A New Radical Right Economic Agenda? The Transformation of The Front National in France
Conferance name
ECPR General Conference
Conference date(s)
2014-09-03 / 2014-09-06
Conference place
Glasgow, UNITED KINGDOM
Keywords
Front national, Economic agenda, Party positions, Presidential election 2012, Radical right voting, France
Abstract
EN
The Front national (FN) has made an impressive come back in the 2012 French presidential election winning 17.9 per cent of the first-round vote. Such performance was bolstered by the economic and political context: in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, France had entered a period of economic instability, rising unemployment and deep social pessimism. This paper looks at how the FN has striven to adapt to the social demand for protection and redistribution in the French public. Under the leadership of Marine Le Pen, the party has undergone significant changes in its economic policies and endorsed statist redistributive economic policies. This paper examines the magnitude of this strategic programmatic shift by the FN, and to which extent the formulation of a renewed economic agenda has enabled the party to evolve towards an electorally more beneficial position in the 2012 presidential race

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