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Welfare Democracies and Party PoliticsExplaining Electoral Dynamics in Times of Changing Welfare Capitalism$
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Philip Manow, Bruno Palier, and Hanna Schwander

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198807971

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198807971.001.0001

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Social Class and the Changing Welfare State Agenda of Radical Right Parties in Europe

Social Class and the Changing Welfare State Agenda of Radical Right Parties in Europe

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(p.171) 7 Social Class and the Changing Welfare State Agenda of Radical Right Parties in Europe
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Welfare Democracies and Party Politics
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Alexandre Afonso

Line Rennwald

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198807971.003.0007

This chapter explores the importance of the welfare state as a political issue for radical right parties. It considers the role of the class setup of parties, party competition, and issue salience as possible determinants of welfare state positions. Based on an analysis of voter profiles and the economic agendas of right-wing populist parties in recent years, it finds that while the welfare state tends to gain in importance for a number of right-wing populist parties, there is no mechanistic relationship between voter profiles and the welfare position of parties. Where the welfare state is an important issue for radical right parties, they tend to defend the welfare state and take a pro-redistribution position.

Keywords:   radical right parties, welfare state, party competition, party–voter link, issue salience, class voting, working-class vote

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