The radical right in the ALPS: Evolution of support for the Swiss SVP and Austrian FPÖ


Journal Article

The Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ) and the Swiss People's Party (SVP) in 1999 became the only far-right parties in post-war Western Europe to outpoll their mainstream conservative competitors. As such, they are limiting cases and yield a great deal of information about the development and prospects for the far-right in Europe. We analyze the evolution and success of these parties, using survey data to track their changing electorates. We find that the FPÖ and SVP have evolved into the typical profile of 'new radical-right' parties in terms of their appeal and supporters. However, they have also been able to appeal to a broader electorate, which in part explains their success. Copyright © 2005 SAGE Publications.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • McGann, AJ; Kitschelt, H

Published Date

  • March 1, 2005

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 11 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 147 - 171

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1354-0688

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/1354068805049734

Citation Source

  • Scopus