Democracy of the Future report: Understanding right-wing populism and what to do about it

This report (pdf) by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung explains right-wing populism. The report contains an extensive analysis across the European right-wing populist spectrum showing commonalities and regional differences as well as in-depth country case studies of right-wing populist parties in 17 European countries.

The report argues that democratic backsliding is fundamentally linked to the rise of right-wing populism. It is right-wing populist parties (RWPPs) and their leaders that are at the forefront of undermining democratic institutions.

They aim to capitalise on the dissatisfaction of people with the political system and their individual economic and social prospects and worries. Understanding the electoral success of RWPPs is crucial if global society wants to successfully safeguard liberal democracy.

In order to better understand the success of European right-wing populist parties (RWPPs) the report looks at the Three Ps:

  • The First P: People: Why do individual people vote for RWPPs? (Demand)
  • The Second P: Parties: What makes certain RWP parties more successful than others? (Supply)
  • The Third P: Policies: What is the role of social policies in facilitating and/or moderating RWPP success?

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