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Economic Growth and the Rise of Political Extremism

Markus Bruckner; Hans Peter Gruner;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2011
In many western democracies, political parties with extreme platforms challenge more moderate incumbents. This paper analyses the impact of economic growth on the support for extreme political platforms. We provide a theoretical argument in favor of growth effects (as opposed to level effects) on the support for extreme political parties and we empirically investigate the relationship between growth and extremist votes. Lower growth rates benefit right-wing and nationalist parties, but do not have a robust positive effect on the support for communist parties. Our estimates indicate that extreme political platforms are unlikely to gain majorities in OECD countrie...
free text keywords: political regimes, political extremism, economic growth, jel:O40, jel:O52, jel:P16

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