Conflicted Politicians

With the 2014 European Parliament elections approaching and populist radical right parties continuing to influence the political debate, this report takes a timely 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.

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