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The threat of social decline: income inequality and radical right support

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Income inequality and radical right parties have both been on the rise in Western democracies, yet few studies explore the linkages between the two – despite prominent arguments about voters feeling ‘left behind’. We argue that rising inequality not only intensifies relative deprivation, but also signals a potential threat of social decline, as gaps in the social hierarchy widen. Hence, voters higher up in the social hierarchy may turn to the radical right to defend existing social boundaries...

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Published
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Peer reviewed

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10.1080/13501763.2020.1733636

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0000-0003-3555-1091
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University of Oxford
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SSD
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Social Policy & Intervention
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Publisher:
Routledge
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Journal of European Public Policy More from this journal
Volume:
28
Issue:
2
Pages:
153-173
Publication date:
2020-03-03
Acceptance date:
2020-02-07
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1466-4429
ISSN:
1350-1763
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English
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1092951
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pubs:1092951
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2020-03-12

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