“Right” Choice: Restorative Nationalism and Right-Wing Populism in Central and Eastern Europe

Iza Ding*, Marek Hlavac

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

What are the facilitating conditions for right-wing populism? This paper explores the moral and nationalist foundations of right-wing populist appeal. Using European Social Survey data, we demonstrate that voting for right-wing populist parties is not associated with anti-elite, anti-establishment sentiment, but instead with moral beliefs in the cultural purity of nationhood and its centrality to the preservation of national identity, which we call restorative nationalism. We draw on qualitative data from Central and Eastern Europe to demonstrate how narratives of restorative nationalism can bolster right-wing populist politicians.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)427-444
Number of pages18
JournalChinese Political Science Review
Volume2
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2017

Keywords

  • Central and Eastern Europe
  • Historical legacy
  • Morality
  • Restorative nationalism
  • Right-wing populism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations

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