How Right Wing is Right Wing Populism? Evidence from the Manifesto Corpus

36 Pages Posted: 16 Oct 2018

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Andrew Halterman

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Department of Political Science

Nicholas Halterman

University of Oxford - Balliol College

Jill Irvine

University of Oklahoma

Date Written: April 27, 2018

Abstract

Right wing populist parties in Europe are clearly different from other right wing parties in their rhetoric and electoral appeal. Some observers see substantive differences between right wing populists and other right wing parties, with populists supporting the welfare state and gender equality more than other right wing parties, often as part of an anti-immigration and anti-Muslim agenda. We test this claim using novel data produced by a multilingual convolutional neural net on political party platforms for the years 1990 to 2015 from the Manifesto Corpus. We find no systematic differences between right wing populists and non-populists on support for welfare and gender equality, though there is some evidence that more successful populists are more centrist.

Keywords: right wing, populism, europe, political party, convolutional neural net, manifesto corpus

Suggested Citation

Halterman, Andrew and Halterman, Nicholas and Irvine, Jill, How Right Wing is Right Wing Populism? Evidence from the Manifesto Corpus (April 27, 2018). MIT Political Science Department Research Paper No. 2018-22. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3267487 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3267487

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Nicholas Halterman

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Jill Irvine

University of Oklahoma ( email )

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