Populist Parties and the Failure of the Political Elites: The Rise of the Austrian Freedom Party (FPOe)

Author: Adamson, Goran
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 264
Pub Date: 29/03/2016
Publisher: PETER LANG AG
ISBN: 9783631661581
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Quick overview The author analyses why European right-wing populist parties gain support. Based on an analysis of the Austrian Freedom Party under Jorg Haider he argues that the main reason behind their electoral success was not constituted by elitism but by populism and anti-elitism.
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The author analyses the reasons behind the electoral success of European right-wing populist parties. Using the Austrian Freedom Party under Jorg Haider as a case study and with a richness of primary material, he argues that their success is only partly caused by "racism". It is also, and more prominently, the result of populism - i.e. a critique of the "elite". These parties and their voters should not, then, be labelled as arrogant insiders attacking downtrodden outsiders like immigrants, workers, and minorities. Instead, the right-wingers are more justly portrayed as outsiders and underdogs, raising their anger and frustration against the insiders: the "media elite" and the "leftists and the artists".

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