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Globalization and populism in Europe

Bergh, Andreas LU and Kärnä, Anders (2020) In Public Choice
Abstract

Recent micro-level studies have suggested that globalization—in particular, economic globalization and trade with China—breeds political polarization and populism. This study examines whether or not those results generalize by examining the country-level association between vote shares for European populist parties and economic globalization. Using data on vote shares for 267 right-wing and left-wing populist parties in 33 European countries during 1980–2017, and globalization data from the KOF institute, we find no evidence of a positive association between (economic or other types of) globalization and populism. EU membership is associated with a 4–6-percentage-point larger vote share for right-wing populist parties.

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Globalization, Populism, Trade
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0048-5829
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10.1007/s11127-020-00857-8
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  abstract     = {<p>Recent micro-level studies have suggested that globalization—in particular, economic globalization and trade with China—breeds political polarization and populism. This study examines whether or not those results generalize by examining the country-level association between vote shares for European populist parties and economic globalization. Using data on vote shares for 267 right-wing and left-wing populist parties in 33 European countries during 1980–2017, and globalization data from the KOF institute, we find no evidence of a positive association between (economic or other types of) globalization and populism. EU membership is associated with a 4–6-percentage-point larger vote share for right-wing populist parties.</p>},
  author       = {Bergh, Andreas and Kärnä, Anders},
  issn         = {0048-5829},
  language     = {eng},
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  publisher    = {Springer},
  series       = {Public Choice},
  title        = {Globalization and populism in Europe},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11127-020-00857-8},
  doi          = {10.1007/s11127-020-00857-8},
  year         = {2020},
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