Explaining the economic hardship and conservative politics connection
Europe’s far-right parties' popularity increased during the financial crisis. They advanced their socially conservative agendas, questioning the rights of marginalised groups such as ethnic, religious, social and sexual minorities. This trend towards the restriction of rights and the adoption of strong conservative politics represents a threat to the cohesion of European societies. Despite a documented relationship between the financial crisis and the rise in far-right politics, the reason for this is still not understood. The EU-funded LOSS project suggests that experiences of economic hardship generate specific narratives of loss resulting in the support of conservative political programmes and intends to explain how this happens. The project will employ an innovative multi-method empirical approach to compare experiences from five EU countries (Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden and the UK).
Call for proposal
See other projects for this call