1st Edition

The People and the Nation Populism and Ethno-Territorial Politics in Europe

    312 Pages
    by Routledge

    312 Pages
    by Routledge

    The edited book brings together country experts on populism, ethno-territorial politics, and party competition. It consists of twelve empirical chapters, covering seven Western European states (Austria, Belgium, France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, and the UK) as well as four Central European states (Croatia, Hungary, Serbia, and Poland). 

    It is a collaboration by scholars from across Europe which contributes to the growing literature on populism by focusing on a relatively unexplored research agenda: the intersection of territoriality, ethno-politics, and populism. Presenting an original perspective contributing experts use case studies to highlight the territorial dimension of populism in different ways and identify that a deeper understanding of the interactions between populist actors and ethno-territorial ideologies is required. 

    This book will be of interest to academics, researchers, and students of European politics, populism, and ethno-territorial politics.

    1. Introduction: European Party-Based Populism and Territory - Reinhard Heinisch, Emanuele Massetti and Oscar Mazzoleni, 2. Regionalist populism in Britain’s "Celtic" peripheries: A longitudinal analysis of Plaid Cymru and the Scottish National Party - Emanuele Massetti, 3. Populism and ethno-territorial parties in Belgium - Emilie Van Haute, 4. Claiming regionalism and nationalism at the same time: How the Italian and Swiss Leagues can engage in contradictory claims and get away with it - Oscar Mazzoleni and Carlo Ruzza, 5. The populist dimensions of Catalan secessionism: Rhetoric, mobilization and institutional practices - Astrid Barrio, Oscar Barberà and Juan Rodríguez-Teruel, 6. Regional nativism in East Germany: the case of the AfD.- Hans-Georg Betz and Fabian Habersack, 7. The Carinthian model: The role of sub-national claims in the Freedom Party’s dominance in Austria’s southernmost state - Reinhard Heinisch, 8. The territorialization of national-populist politics: A case study of the Front National in France - Gilles Ivaldi and Jerôme Dutozia, 9. Progressive regionalist populism vs. conservative nationalist populism in Poland: The case of the Silesian Autonomy Movement – RAŚ - Magdalena Solska, 10. Regionalist populism in Croatia: The case of the Croatian Alliance of Slavonia and Baranja – HDSSB - Marko Kukec, 11. Ethnic politics and competition amongst right-wing populist parties in Hungary - Edina Szoecsik, 12. A clash of myths: Populism and ethno-nationalism in Serbia - Bojan Vranic, 13. Conclusion: Bridging legacies in understanding party mobilization - Reinhard Heinisch, Emanuele Massetti and Oscar Mazzoleni.


    Reinhard Heinisch is Professor of Austrian Politics in Comparative European Perspective at the University of Salzburg, Austria.

    Emanuele Massetti is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Trento, Italy.

    Oscar Mazzoleni  is Professor in Political Science and Director of the Research Observatory for Regional Politics at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland.

    This book theoretically and empirically fills a void in populist studies. It explores systematically the relationships between territory, ethnicity, identity, and uneven development in European populist politics.- Carlos de la Torre - Professor of Sociology, University of Kentucky, USA. Editor of The Routledge Handbook of Global Populism

    This volume is both welcome and distinctive. It is welcome in that it contributes to our knowledge on fundamental questions structuring political debates: questions of populism, nationalism, territory, and identity. It is distinctive in that its empirical basis is rich and wide, covering twelve Western and Central European cases. - Michaël Tatham – University of Bergen, Norway.

    Based on a coherent and comprehensive analysis of relevant European political parties, the book timely analyses the interactions between populist and ethno-territorial ideologies. It is a must-read for any student of contemporary political dynamics in Europe. - Régis Dandoy - Ghent University, Belgium