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Close to home, local ties and voting radical right in Europe, Jennifer Fitzgerald.

Close to home, local ties and voting radical right in Europe, Jennifer Fitzgerald.
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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Literary Form
non fiction
Main title
Close to home
electronic resource
Nature of contents
Responsibility statement
Jennifer Fitzgerald.
Series statement
Cambridge studies in public opinion and political psychology
Sub title
local ties and voting radical right in Europe
Who votes for radical right parties and why? This book argues that the increasing popularity of the radical right in Europe originates in community bonds: strong ties to one's locality motivate support for the radical right. These parties use nostalgic themes and symbolic politicking to idealize community, defend local autonomy, and ultimately draw local identity into the electoral realm. While other explanations of the radical right's popularity typify supporters as victims of macro-economic shifts and strains, the author's account explores people's day-to-day experiences that link local connections to political decisions. The analysis also raises questions about the political implications of different formal authority structures such as the level and nature of power devolved to local units. The localist model of radical right support illuminates the psychological, social, and institutional conditions and processes that render people's feelings about their cities, towns, and villages relevant for politics
Table Of Contents
Electoral disorder, social change : an introduction -- Theorizing localism and radical right support -- Localism and radical right support in Europe -- Who are the localists that support the radical right? -- Neighborly ties, local autonomy, and SVP support in Switzerland -- Local autonomy shifts, local cohesion, and Le Pen support in France -- Local political salience and radical right party success in OECD countries -- Place, change, status and politics : concluding considerations
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