Bertelsmann Stiftung (ed.)

Catherine de Vries, Isabell Hoffmann

Is Right the New Left?

Right wing voters in France and in the EU and how they differ.

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1. edition
28 pages, PDF


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France is the homeland of the political labels left and right. Ever since the French revolution, it is the guiding principle through which political systems around the world are organised. However, with the mobilization of cross-cutting issues like immigration and European integration and the success of populist parties on the left and right of the political spectrum in recent elections across Europe, the utility of the labels themselves have come under attack. The evidence cited to suggest that the labels left or right might no longer be useful relate to the working class roots of supporters of populist right parties or the liberal free market ideals of supporters of the Centre left and Green parties.

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