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Why the fear of Islamization is driving populist right support, and what to do about it

Kaufmann, Eric (2017) Why the fear of Islamization is driving populist right support, and what to do about it. British Politics and Policy at LSE (16 Mar 2017). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

Mainstream parties need to begin addressing conservative whites’ anxieties about the demographic growth of Islam, or populists will continue to thrive, writes Eric Kaufmann. He explains that this demands a sustained programme to improve demographic literacy. Geert Wilders may not have come first in the Dutch election, but he came second and forced his opponent, Mark Rutte, to tack closer to Wilders’ Muslim-bashing position. Once again, the pundits will wring their hands and tell themselves the comforting story that economic policy can undercut support for right-wing populism. But, as with the Brexit and Trump vote, ethnic change and values, not economics, better accounts for populist success.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/politicsandpolicy
Additional Information: © 2017 The Author(s) CC BY-NC-ND 3.0; Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN1187 Scotland
Sets: Collections > British Politics and Policy at LSE
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2017 10:41
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2019 23:17
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/69929

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