The Transformation of Western European Party Systems and the Rise of Radical Right-Wing Populist Parties

The political space in Western Europe has been transformed by the advent of a new cultural conflict. This conflict is, at heart, one about different conceptions of community, and is the result of two transformations: The emergence of the New Left after 1968 and the division of the right into a traditional and a New Right component. While rooted in social structure, i.e., in class location, education, and gender, structural change has by no means translated mechanically into politics. Rather, the strategies of political actors are central in determining the strength of the new cultural conflict and the degree to which the populist right has benefitted from it. The role of European integration in different party systems and in the discourse of right-wing populist parties also varies. My research in this area is also concerned with the consequences of the polarization of party systems on the evolving quality of representation since the 1970s.

Link zu my book Cleavage Politics and the Populist Right. The New Cultural Conflict in Western Europe. 

Link to our co-authored book Western European Politics in the Age of Globalization.