Explaining the Swing to the Right: the Dutch Debate on the Rise of Right-wing Populism

M. Oudenampsen

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    In these last ten years the Netherlands has experienced a dramatic swing to the Right. Long considered the epitome of tolerance and liberalism, the country now finds itself at the forefront of the political revival of nationalist and anti-immigrant sentiments in Europe. The motor behind this remarkable turnaround is the spectacular rise of right-wing populism since the 1990s, an ascendancy that reached yet a new climax with the 2010 elections, which resulted in a resounding victory for the right-wing populist and anti-Islamist Freedom Party (PVV) of Geert Wilders. The election was followed by the formation of a minority government of right-wing Liberals (VVD) and Christian Democrats (CDA), dependent on the strategic support of the PVV to obtain a parliamentary majority. It is generally seen as the most right-wing government in Dutch post-war history.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationRight-wing populism in Europe
    EditorsRuth Wodak, Brigitte Mral, Mral Khosravinik
    Place of PublicationLondon/New York
    PublisherBloomsbury Academic
    Number of pages17
    ISBN (Print)9781780932453
    Publication statusPublished - 2013


    • populism
    • netherlands
    • sociology


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