In many European countries and in the US, populist right-wing parties are gaining ground. The political agenda of these parties is dominated by their reluctant or even out-right hostile position against migration and foreigners and a strong emphasis on nationalist values in combination with an anti-globalisation economic agenda. In most cases, the social agenda of the radical right parties and politicians are more ambiguous and less clearly explicated. These parties rely on working class ‘insiders’ and therefore may be expected to oppose austerity measures, but at that same time have firm opinions about deservingness and conditionality that may sometimes harm the interests of their voters. This article sets out to explore the social policy agenda of radical right parties in six different countries: the US, Sweden, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and France. The article uses content analysis of speeches and party manifestos as its main method of data analysis.

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Keywords Populism, right-wing parties, social policy, welfare nostalgia
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1080/21699763.2018.1483255, hdl.handle.net/1765/107295
Journal Journal of International and Comparative Social Policy
Citation
Fenger, H.J.M. (2018). The social policy agendas of populist radical right parties in comparative perspective. Journal of International and Comparative Social Policy. doi:10.1080/21699763.2018.1483255