Type
Article
Titre
Economic populism and sovereigntism: the economic supply of European radical right-wing populist parties
Dans
Perspectives on European Politics and Society
Auteur(s)
IVALDI Gilles - Unité de recherche migrations et sociétés (CNRS/IRD) (URMIS) (Auteur)
MAZZOLENI Oscar - Centre de recherche sur l'action politique (Université de Lausanne) (Auteur)
Éditeur
NL : Brill Publishers
Volume
21
Numéro
2
Pages
202 - 218 p.
ISSN
15705854
Mots clés
Economy, Sovereignty, Radical Right, Political Parties, Populism
Résumé
EN
While economic issues are increasingly salient in political mobilization by European radical right-wing populist parties, we are still in need of a definition of these parties’ economic positions. This paper argues that the economic supply of radical right populist parties is best characterized by a mix of economic populism and sovereigntism, which forms the basis of a common mobilization frame. Economic populism refers to defence of the economic prosperity of the ‘heartland’ against the elite and immigrants. Economic sovereigntism is seen, on the other hand, as a means of restoring the people’s well-being and the nation’s prosperity. To illustrate this argument, we conduct a qualitative analysis of five established European populist radical right parties. We demonstrate that, despite different socioeconomic stances, all parties under scrutiny share a common economic populist sovereigntist frame which claims to defend the self-identified economic interests and well-being of the people. We discuss the implications of our research for the broader understanding of populist mobilization.

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