Leader effects and voting for the populist radical right in western Europe
Swiss political science review, 2020, Vol. 26, No. 3, pp. 273-295
MICHEL, Elie, GARZIA, Diego, FERREIRA DA SILVA, Frederico, DE ANGELIS, Andrea, Leader effects and voting for the populist radical right in western Europe, Swiss political science review, 2020, Vol. 26, No. 3, pp. 273-295 - https://hdl.handle.net/1814/69607
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Charismatic leaders are often assumed to drive the electoral success of populist radical right parties. Yet, little attention is given to how voter evaluations of leaders influence individual voting behavior. To our knowledge, no systematic and comparative tests of this empirical question exist. In this paper, we test to what extent voters’ support for populist radical right parties is fueled by leaders' appreciation. In order to examine leader effects on the populist radical right vote, we rely on an original dataset pooling 29 National Election Studies from ten established West European parliamentary democracies (1985‐2018). Our analysis finds that: (1) voters’ evaluation of party leaders is significantly associated with voting for populist radical right parties; (2) leader evaluations are more important than left‐right self‐placement when it comes to voting for the populist radical right, and (3) leader effects are more important for populist radical right voters than for other voters.
First published online: 23 July 2020
Cadmus permanent link: https://hdl.handle.net/1814/69607
Full-text via DOI: 10.1111/spsr.12404