The Radical Right’s Politics of Economic Populism and Sovereigntism: A comparison between the French Front National (FN) and the Swiss People’s party (SVP)

Abstract : While arguing that socio-economic issues are secondary to the populist radical right ideology, authors such as Mudde (2007) argue also that “for the populist radical right the economy should always be at the service of the nation” and that these parties “defend a nativist economic program based upon economic nationalism and welfare chauvinism” (p.137). In this paper, we argue that the economic supply of RRPP is essentially a fight for the well-being of the national community, which mixes ‘economic populism’ and ‘economic sovereigntism’. Economic populism refers to the idea that the ‘true’ people’s economic well-being has been ignored or betrayed by the ‘corrupt’ elite and that it should be re-established. Economic sovereigntism is seen as a means of restoring the people’s well-being and the nation’s prosperity. Sovereigntism claims that the nation-state should re-assert its sovereign authority and exclusive control over laws and international interactions, while rejecting supranational influence. We conduct a qualitative comparative analysis of two established West-European populist radical right parties, the French Front national (FN) and the Swiss people’s party (SVP). Adopting a most different systems approach, we propose a fine-grained analysis of those two parties’ electoral manifestos and economic strategies. Finally, we discuss the implications of our findings for the broader understanding of RRPP supply in political economy.
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Gilles Ivaldi, Oscar Mazzoleni. The Radical Right’s Politics of Economic Populism and Sovereigntism: A comparison between the French Front National (FN) and the Swiss People’s party (SVP). 4th Prague Populism Conference: Current Populism in Europe: Culture, History, Identity, Institute for International Studies Charles University, Heinrich Böll Stiftung and Goethe Institut, May 2018, Prague, Czech Republic. ⟨halshs-01799073⟩

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