Populism in Western Europe

Paul Taggart

in The Oxford Handbook of Populism

Published in print October 2017 | ISBN: 9780198803560
Published online November 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780191841736 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Populism in Western Europe

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This chapter examines populism in contemporary Western Europe. The argument is made that populism in this region tends to primarily focus on four different issues as a result of the national context in which it arises. The chapter illustrates how various populist parties in Western Europe focus on these four issues of immigration, regionalism, corruption, and Euroskepticism. The argument is made that we can only understand populism in this region if we also understand that populism politicizes these issues. The argument is also that these issue areas, taken at their broadest meaning, constitute attacks on the core pillars of contemporary Western Europe and therefore that populist forces tell us about the fault lines of politics in the region.

Keywords: populism; regionalism; identity; corruption; Euroskepticism

Article.  8336 words. 

Subjects: Political Behaviour ; Comparative Politics ; European Union

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