The channelling discontent thesis contends that populist parties form an efficacious exhaust valve, providing their voters with democratic fulfilment. Building on in-depth interviews with PVV-voters and (deliberate) non-voters, I assess that assumption by comparing these citizens’ political efficacy. The analysis shows that differences in political efficacy are not explained by voting behaviour, as the thesis would assume, but rather by the inductively conceptualized dimension of power orientation. This highlights not just the value, but also the (future) potential of a cultural-sociological approach to studying the political domain.

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Keywords populisme, cultuursociologie, politiek onbehagen, politieke participatie, niet-stemmers, diepte-interviews
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Journal Sociologie
Kemmers, R. (2019). Gekanaliseerd onbehagen? PVV-stemmers, niet-stemmers, en hun betekenisvolle politieke agency. Sociologie, 14(2/3), 177–198. doi:10.5117/SOC2018.2/3.006.KEMM