Understanding Populist Party Organisation

The Radical Right in Western Europe

  • Reinhard Heinisch
  • Oscar Mazzoleni

Part of the Palgrave Studies in European Political Sociology book series (PSEPS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Reinhard Heinisch, Oscar Mazzoleni
    Pages 1-18
  3. Emilie van Haute, Teun Pauwels
    Pages 49-77
  4. Duncan McDonnell, Davide Vampa
    Pages 105-129
  5. Ann-Cathrine Jungar
    Pages 189-219
  6. Reinhard Heinisch, Oscar Mazzoleni
    Pages 221-246
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 247-258

About this book


Right-wing populist parties are thriving throughout Europe. With few exceptions, political systems have seen such parties make significant electoral gains and shape the national political discourse across the continent. In recent years, many populist parties have undergone leadership changes and other evolutionary challenges to which they adapted well, often contrary to expectations. This timely collection is devoted to understanding how Western European right-wing populist parties organize themselves.

Without understanding the role of the organizational dynamics, we fail to understand how populist parties adapt over time and thus endure. Providing a systematic and comprehensive analysis of organizational issues of populist parties over time, Understanding Populist Party Organisation explores a range of political parties in Western Europe, examining their internal dynamics and questioning whether it is possible to discern or construct a general “populist” party typology of organization and representation.

The book includes chapters on the Austrian Freedom Party, the Vlaams Belang, the Swiss People’s Party, the Lega Nord, the Front National, the Norwegian Progress Party, the Sweden Democrats, and the Danish People’s Party.



The Swiss People’s Party racism antisemitism neo-nazis Political organization leadership party politics grass roots activism The Austrian Freedom Party The Vlaams Belang The Lega Nord Front National Norway Sweden Europe organization politics social science sociology

Editors and affiliations

  • Reinhard Heinisch
    • 1
  • Oscar Mazzoleni
    • 2
  1. 1. University of SalzburgSalzburgAustria
  2. 2. University of LausanneLausanneSwitzerland

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