We Never Change, Do We? Economic Anxiety and Far-Right Identification in a Postcrisis Europe*

Sean Kates, Joshua A. Tucker

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    Objective: Macro-level studies have consistently found a connection between economic crises and support for far-right parties. However, research on the micro foundations for this electoral support has generally found little or no correlation between an individual's economic environment and far-right voting. We test one possible explanation for this seeming paradox, namely, that determinants of far-right identification differ across time and particularly in times of crisis. Methods: Utilizing traditional representative data from Eurobarometer surveys in a manner that strips away confounding issues generally found in the extant literature, we directly test whether individuals concerned about their personal economic situation, or that of their country, are more likely to identify with far-right ideological beliefs during economic crises. Results: Ultimately, we find little evidence to support the claim that the Great Recession of 2007–2009 and its aftermath shifted the determinants of support for far-right ideology, though prospective pocketbook concerns do increase the likelihood of identifying with the far right. Conclusions: We discuss the implications of these findings and offer additional avenues for future research.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)494-523
    Number of pages30
    JournalSocial Science Quarterly
    Issue number2
    StatePublished - Apr 2019

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Social Sciences


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