The dynamics of the extreme right support: A growth curve model of the populist vote in Flanders-Belgium in 1987-2007

D. Poznyak*, K. Abts, M. Swyngedouw

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Abstract

In the last 20 years, extreme right parties have gained a substantial share of electorate in a number of Western European countries. Despite of substantial research interest, the reasons for the popularity of the Extreme Right parties presented in the studies are often contradictory. Our study has a two-fold contribution to the topic. First, we show that studies based on aggregate data analysis may yield biased results that are not confirmed when contextual and individual-level data are fitted together using the growth curve analysis. Second, we argue that the analysis of extreme-right vote based on one election suggests a constant effect of contextual variables on the outcome variable. We demonstrate that the effects of local context vary over time, and hence should be modeled using the multilevel (growth curve) approach. (C) 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)672-688
JournalElectoral Studies
Volume30
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2011
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Extreme-right vote
  • Ecological analysis
  • Multilevel growth curve analysis
  • RIGHT-WING EXTREMISM
  • WESTERN-EUROPE
  • ISSUE SALIENCE
  • PARTIES
  • SUCCESS
  • INDIVIDUALS
  • REJOINDER
  • MIGRANTS
  • BEHAVIOR
  • FALLACY

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