Tim Immerzeel

Do populist parties really boost turnout at elections?

The presence and popularity of populist parties raises significant questions about their consequences for democracy, democratic legitimacy, and political participation. In a recent study, Tim Immerzeel and Mark Pickup examined the role of these parties for a specific indicator of the quality of democracy: voter turnout. Based on an analysis of 33 European countries in the period 2002-2012, they […]

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Radical right parties have the potential to colonise the traditional support base of Western Europe’s Christian Democrats

Christian Democratic parties have been a stable feature of many western European party systems since the early 20th century. As Tim Immerzeel, Eva Jaspers and Marcel Lubbers write, however, support for Christian Democrats has fallen significantly in several European countries. Based on an analysis of voting patterns in Europe, they argue that radical right parties have the potential to win […]

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