Extreme Right Parties & Voters in Western Europe


The Extreme Right (aka Far Right, Populist Right, Anti-Immigrant Right …) in Western Europe has been a main focus for my research since the 1990s. Over the last decades, I have published a monograph (in German) and numerous articles and book chapters on the subject. I’ve posted pre-prints for most of them here, with replication data available from my dataverse. I also blog regularly on the subject and comment on twitter. Last not least, I maintain an extensive bibliography on the Extreme Right.

I’m currently studying Germany’s new Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) party, which occupies a somewhat awkward position in this club.

The Extreme Right Vote: Contextual Effects

I’m very much interested in the impact of contextual factors on the Extreme Right vote. This includes not only unemployment and immigration, but also the policy agenda of other parties. My main finding is that talking about immigration (even in positive tones) seems to help the Extreme Right. I’m also interested in the competition between the Extreme Right and Socialist/Social Democratic parties.

The Local Extreme Right Vote

Contextual effects are often studied at the global (national) level, but we all know that politics are local. I have an longstanding interest in how local conditions affect the Extreme Right Vote (and how one can should oneself trying to study this nexus). This is also the topic of a larger comparative project, for which I hope to find funding.