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The profiteers of fear? Right-wing populism and the COVID-19 crisis in Europe: Spain

Rama, José and Olivas Osuna, José Javier (2021) The profiteers of fear? Right-wing populism and the COVID-19 crisis in Europe: Spain. . Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Madrid, ES.

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Abstract

Spain has been one of the countries hardest hit by the Covid-19 crisis in terms of both the number of victims and the economic impact. Thus, on March 13, 2020 the government of Pedro Sánchez decreed a state of alarm, giving way to one of the most restrictive confinements in Europe. Meanwhile, the Spanish right-wing party VOX has clashed hard with the government during the Covid-19 crisis and even filled a no-confidence motion last October, 21st 2020. The party has also encouraged several protests against lockdown last May and October. This study aims to analyse VOX’s behaviour during the Covid-19 crisis and see to what extent it has taken advantage (or not) of the crisis. As VOX is a quite recent political party, the paper comes back on VOX’s trajectory from its foundation in 2013 to 2018/2019, when it gets parliamentary representation. It then focuses on VOX’s actions and discourse, at the Congress and other arena. Having positioned themselves as the radical opposition to Pedro Sánchez’s government during the first wave, where it is assumed that all parties will muck in together, does not seem to have damaged them yet. However, it does not seem as if they have benefited from the situation, at least not in the short term.

Item Type: Monograph (Report)
Official URL: https://nordics.fes.de/e/default-7f5ab95431
Additional Information: © 2020 FES Madrid
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Date Deposited: 26 May 2021 07:24
Last Modified: 13 Jul 2021 23:06
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/110717

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