Over the last twenty-five years, right wing populist parties (RPPs) have become much more popular across Europe, even becoming the most popular parties in a select few countries. These parties run on a platform of being staunchly against immigration and multiculturalism, and are reactionary in general to any kind of social change. In this thesis I try to answer just why right wing populist parties have seen their popularity increase so dramatically over a relatively short amount of time. To do this, I will study shifts in voting behavior and voter attitudes across Europe by examining election results and survey data. I will also examine the effect that electoral systems have on the success or failure of a right wing populist party. Through quantitative and qualitative analysis, I will to identify the primary causes of the success of right wing populist parties.
Malone, John (Jack), "Examining the Rise of Right Wing Populist Parties in Western Europe" (2014). Honors Theses. 45.