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Conflicted Politicians: the populist radical right in the European Parliament

This report takes a look at the activities of populist radical right MEPs. Using data from VoteWatch Europe, it aims to develop an in-depth understanding of how the populist radical right operates within an institution it is often hostile to.

The report asks:

  • How often do populist radical right MEPs challenge the consensus?
  • How successful are they at making cross-national alliances?
  • How often do they participate in legislative activities?
  • And how do they make use of the opportunities to use speaking time and ask questions

The picture that emerges is one of a conflicted politician, pulled in multiple directions by ideology, by internal party constraints, and by formal and informal institutional pressures.

Details

Author
Marley Morris

From the project
Pressure, protest and populism

Year
2013

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