Phoenix Populism: Radical-Right Parties’ Mobilization in Romania after 2015
Problems of Post-Communism DOI: 10.1080/10758216.2018.1460158
22 Pages Posted: 3 May 2018
Date Written: April 15, 2018
This paper is the first exploratory analysis of the ideological features of Romanian extra-parliamentary radical-right populist parties which, despite lacking parliamentary power, confirm the latent fertility of Romanian politics for populism. Using qualitative content analysis of programs and statutes, we identify a decreased relevance of ethnicity-based mobilization and an increased emphasis on cultural, religious, and/or gender based criteria. All analyzed parties converge on the need for increased discipline and major anti-corruption measures, a smooth continuity with previous forms of populism. The extra-parliamentary group of Romanian radical populists resembles a Phoenix, regularly rising from its ashes, although only partially renewed.
Keywords: radical right populism, Romania, ideology, nativism, authoritarianism
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