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Tussen establishment en extremisme: populistische partijen in Nederland en Vlaanderen

Keywords Extremism, populism, political parties, democracy
Authors Paul Lucardie
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Paul Lucardie
Paul Lucardie (1946) is onderzoeker bij het Documentatiecentrum Nederlandse Politieke Partijen aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen. Hij doet onderzoek naar politieke partijen en ideologieën in Nederland (in mindere mate ook in Duitsland en Canada).
  • Abstract

      Populist parties are often associated with extremism. However, the term ‘extremism’ is usually ill-defined and value-laden. Conceptual analysis will help to define populism as well as extremism in a more precise and value-neutral sense. Empirical analysis of the programmes of six Dutch and three Flemish parties suggests that populism does not entail extremism, even if it can be combined with it. The Centre Party and Centre Democrats as well as the Socialist Party and the Flemish Bloc may have displayed extremist as well as populist tendencies at some point. Yet the (more or less) populist parties Liveable Netherlands (Leefbaar Nederland), the List Pim Fortuyn, the Freedom Party, the movement Proud of the Netherlands (Trots op Nederland) and the List Dedecker should not be considered extremist.

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