The political effects of COVID-19 in Europe have led to a ‘rally around the flag effect’ for a number of incumbent mainstream governing parties. At the same time, populist radical-right parties (PRR) have had their raison d’être taken away from them and have been left powerless politically, in the face of the pandemic. Socio-cultural issues such as immigration that PRR parties tend to claim ownership over arguably no longer remain dominant in the minds of voters in 2020. A recent article by Professor Hans-Georg Betz in openDemocracy has highlighted how PRR parties, such as Alternative for Germany in particular, alongside Lega in Italy and National Rally in France, have also seen their support substantially reduced in the polls of late. However, PRR parties such as the Law & Justice Party in Poland and Fidesz in Hungary have bucked this trend and continued their dominance of their respective political landscapes in Central-Eastern Europe.

Bruno, V. A., Downes, J. F., COVID-19 & the (temporary) Fall of the Populist Radical Right in European Politics, in Tamir Bar-on, B. M. (ed.), Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic by the Radical Right: Scapegoating, Conspiracy Theories and New Narratives, Ibidem Verlag, Stoccarda 2020: 89- 94

COVID-19 & the (temporary) Fall of the Populist Radical Right in European Politics

Bruno, Valerio Alfonso
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2020

Abstract

The political effects of COVID-19 in Europe have led to a ‘rally around the flag effect’ for a number of incumbent mainstream governing parties. At the same time, populist radical-right parties (PRR) have had their raison d’être taken away from them and have been left powerless politically, in the face of the pandemic. Socio-cultural issues such as immigration that PRR parties tend to claim ownership over arguably no longer remain dominant in the minds of voters in 2020. A recent article by Professor Hans-Georg Betz in openDemocracy has highlighted how PRR parties, such as Alternative for Germany in particular, alongside Lega in Italy and National Rally in France, have also seen their support substantially reduced in the polls of late. However, PRR parties such as the Law & Justice Party in Poland and Fidesz in Hungary have bucked this trend and continued their dominance of their respective political landscapes in Central-Eastern Europe.
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Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic by the Radical Right: Scapegoating, Conspiracy Theories and New Narratives
978-3-8382-1488-7
Ibidem Verlag
Bruno, V. A., Downes, J. F., COVID-19 & the (temporary) Fall of the Populist Radical Right in European Politics, in Tamir Bar-on, B. M. (ed.), Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic by the Radical Right: Scapegoating, Conspiracy Theories and New Narratives, Ibidem Verlag, Stoccarda 2020: 89- 94
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