Economic Globalization, Job Insecurity and the Populist Reaction

Bean, Clive, McAllister, Ian, & Mughan, Anthony (2003) Economic Globalization, Job Insecurity and the Populist Reaction. Electoral Studies. An International Journal on Voting and Electoral Systems and Strategy, 22, pp. 617-633.

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striking change in the political party systems of many established democracies in recent years has been the rise to electoral and political prominence of right-wing populist parties. Moving beyond the usual anti-statism and racism attitudinal explanatory foci, this article posits that popular support for these parties is associated with the job insecurity that populist party leaders have attributed to deepening international economic integration, or economic globalization. The conceptualization of job insecurity is discussed and its expected relationship to the mercantilism of right-wing populist parties clarified. The hypothesis is tested in the specific context of support for Pauline Hanson’s One Nation Party in the 1998 election to the Australian federal House of Representatives. The article concludes with a consideration of the wider implications of its findings.

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ID Code: 22157
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: political party systems , right wing populism
DOI: 10.1016/S0261-3794(02)00047-1
ISSN: 0261-3794
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLITICAL SCIENCE (160600)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Deposited On: 17 Jun 2009 13:06
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:03

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