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Opening up Pandora’s box? How centre-right parties can outperform the radical right on immigration

Downes, James F. and Loveless, Matthew (2018) Opening up Pandora’s box? How centre-right parties can outperform the radical right on immigration. Democratic Audit Blog (05 Oct 2018). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

It is often assumed that populist radical-right parties have dominated European politics throughout the refugee crisis period (2015–18) and laid claim to the immigration issue. James F. Downes, Matthew Loveless and Andrew Lam argue that this narrative is far too simplistic and that incumbent (governing) centre-right parties have responded to the electoral threat of the radical right by highlighting their own anti-immigrant positions. This strategy has helped the centre right to outperform the far right and even offset electoral challenges from them. However, it may also be a double-edged sword that benefits the radical right in the longer term.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
Official URL: https://www.democraticaudit.com/
Additional Information: © 2018 The Author(s)
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2021 20:15
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2021 23:24
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/109748

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