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The effect of radical right fringe parties on main parties in Central and Eastern Europe : Empirical evidence from manifesto data

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Year of publication 2021
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Party Politics
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Faculty of Social Studies

Web article - open access
Keywords CEE party movement; fringe parties; main parties; radical right; sociocultural issues
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Description Do radical right fringe parties affect main parties in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE)? Using data from the Manifesto Project, we analyze the relationship between radical right fringe parties’ and main parties’ policy programs regarding sociocultural issues in six post-communist countries of CEE. Even though radical right fringe parties have participated in government in several of these countries, and in Hungary a fringe party has become the country’s second largest party, our analysis shows that the sociocultural issues in radical right fringe party manifestos do not systematically relate to the changes in main party manifestos regarding those issues. Even if some of the main parties in our study might often agree with the radical right fringe parties, our analysis shows that the latter do not directly influence the policy priorities of the main parties.
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