Crowding the market: the dynamics of populist and mainstream competition in the 2017 French presidential elections

Abstract : The 2017 French presidential elections have seen a considerable rise in support for populist actors at the periphery of the party system, challenging the dominance of the more established parties of the mainstream. The electoral success of Jean-Luc Mélenchon's France Insoumise (LFI) has expanded the political space for populist politics to the left of the political spectrum, competing with Marine Le Pen's Front national (FN) to the right. Meanwhile, the emergence of Emmanuel Macron as a politically viable centrist alternative has dislodged further the traditional bipolar dynamics of competition in French politics, resulting in a significant reshaping of the party system. Based on a national survey of French voters conducted in 2017, this paper examines the dynamics of electoral support for populist candidates in the presidential election, looking at commonalities and differences between the left and right-wing manifestations of the populist phenomenon, and to which extent these differed from the mainstream according to party system location.
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Gilles Ivaldi. Crowding the market: the dynamics of populist and mainstream competition in the 2017 French presidential elections. Actions and Reactions – On the dynamics of competition between populist challengers and mainstream parties in Europe today, PSA’s Italian Politics Specialist Group, the “Parties, Voters and Elections Research Group” of the Department of Political Science and International Studies of the University of Birmingham, and the Department of Politics and International Relations at Aston University, Jan 2018, Birmingham, United Kingdom. ⟨halshs-01697546⟩



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