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The Sirens’ Song: When Right-Wing Populism Deals with “Democracy”. The Case of the RN in France and FPÖ in Austria

Authors
  • Debras, François
Publication Date
Sep 09, 2020
Source
ORBi
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Language
English
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Green
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Abstract

A significant part of the literature considers that right-wing populist parties are anti-democratic. According to some authors, these parties are opposed to democratic institutions. And for other authors, right-wing populism respects electoral rules, respects the institutional game but is opposed to the values of democracy. On the other hand, in the political field, right-wing populist parties consider themselves to be democratic parties. They present themselves as the defenders of the people, the promoters of a true democracy. Against the European Union, against other political parties, against immigration, against Islam etc I therefore think it could be interesting to ask the following questions: 1) How does right-wing populism define democracy? 2) Why does right-wing populism mobilize democracy in its speeches?

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