This book was first published in 2005. The economic and political conditions that have led to the rise of radical right parties exist in similar form and intensity all over Europe. Yet, radical right parties have only been successful in a few countries. The Republikaner party's less than 2% of the vote is much lower than the National Front's high of 15% and the Freedom Party's 27% of the vote in national legislative elections. Why do such a small percentage of voters choose the radical right in Germany? Why is the radical right winning more seats in Austria than in France and Germany? The main argument in this book is that radical right parties will have difficulty attracting voters and winning seats in electoral systems that encourage strategic voting and/or strategic coordination by the mainstream parties. The analysis demonstrates that electoral systems and party strategy play a key role in the success of the radical right.
• Comparative (France, Germany, Austria, and Denmark) • Empirical analysis • The radical right and immigration is an important topic in the media today
1. Introduction; 2. The radical right; 3. Who votes for the radical right?; 4. Immigration, unemployment, and the vote for the radical right; 5. Coalitions and strategic voting: a model; 6. Coalitions and strategic voting: analysis; 7. Extending the model: Denmark; 8. Conclusion.