The new right and the welfare state: The electoral relevance of welfare chauvinism and welfare populism in the Netherlands

Willem de Koster*, Peter Achterberg, Jeroen van der Waal

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Abstract

Next to their well-documented authoritarian cultural agenda, new-rightist populist parties have developed specific views on the welfare state: welfare chauvinism and welfare populism. This article studies the electoral relevance of these views for Dutch new-rightist populist parties by means of survey data representative of the Dutch population (N = 1972). The electorate of those parties shows high levels of both welfare chauvinism and welfare populism. However, only welfare populism underlies support for new-rightist populist parties in addition to well-known cultural motives. Based on these findings, ideological and electoral competition between political parties is discussed, and suggestions for further research are provided.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-20
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Political Science Review
Volume34
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • new-right populism
  • voting behavior
  • welfare chauvinism
  • welfare populism
  • welfare state
  • ANTI-IMMIGRANT PARTIES
  • RADICAL RIGHT
  • POLITICAL-CULTURE
  • DENMARK
  • EUROPE
  • AUTHORITARIANISM
  • REDISTRIBUTION
  • SOCIETIES
  • COUNTRIES
  • ATTITUDES

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