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Do populist parties increase electoral participation?

Leininger, Arndt and Meijers, Maurits (2020) Do populist parties increase electoral participation? LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) blog (23 Jun 2020). Blog Entry.

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While many observers view the rise of populism as a negative development for democracy, other authors have suggested populist parties might boost political participation by attracting disaffected citizens who do not normally vote. Drawing on a new study, Arndt Leininger and Maurits J. Meijers find evidence that in Central and Eastern Europe the presence of populist parties is associated with a rise in turnout. However, in Western Europe, there is no such effect, indicating that context matters for the impact populism has on democracy.

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Additional Information: © 2020 The Author(s)
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2020 08:54
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2023 10:37

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