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Political Science Lunch Research Seminar: The Radical Right in the European Parliament

  • Sarah de Lange
Wednesday 24 May 2017
Pieter de la Court
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden

The Radical Right in the European Parliament: Patterns of Opposition and Cooperation

Political Science Lunch Research Seminar

In recent elections, many radical right–wing populist parties have entered the European Parliament (e.g. the PS, PVV, or SD) or have enlarged their seat share (e.g. the DF, FN, or UKIP). However, radical right-wing populist parties do not operate as a coherent group in the European Parliament. Instead, they have joined different parliamentary groups and frequently change alliances. Does it then make sense to conceive of these parties as a distinctive group of parties in the European Parliament?

Political scientist Sarah de Lange investigates the behaviour of radical rightwing populist parties in the European Parliament. By means of roll-call analysis she examines 1) whether radical right-wing populist parties form a coherent group of parties when it comes to their voting behaviour, 2) to what extent their parliamentary behaviour can be explained by their policy positions, particularly on their ‘core issues’.

Sarah de Lange

Sarah de Lange is Professor by special appointment at the Department of Political Science at the University of Amsterdam. Since 2016 she holds the Dr. J.M. Den Uyl chair, a chair established by by the Wiardi Beckman Foundation. She is is currently working on a project funded by the Open Research Area entitled Sub-National Context and Radical Right Support in Europe. The project examines the way in which contextual factors, such as a neighbourhood’s social fabric and ethnic diversity, affect the support for radical right-wing populist parties in France, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. She has previously worked on  two large-scale research projects: Political Conflict in Five European Systems: The Role of Citizens, the Media, and Parties in the Politicisation of Immigration and European Integration funded by a Conflict & Security grant of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research and Newly Governing Parties: Success or Failure?, funded by a Veni grant of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research.

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