Hilde Coffe (Fall 2010)

Hilde Coffé is an Assistant Professor at Utrecht University (Department of Sociology). Her main research interests include the radical right, political attitudes and participation, voting behavior, political parties, and citizenship. She will present the following lecture:

Tuesday, November 23: 5-6pm
FERTILE GROUNDS FOR THE RADICAL RIGHT. Evidence from the Netherlands.
Institute of European Studies, 201 Moses Hall

For a long time, the Netherlands was considered as a tolerant multicultural society without a major radical right party in a Europe that witnessed the rise of many successful radical right parties. Yet, the arrival of Pim Fortuyn and the success of his party LPF (List Pim Fortuyn) during the 2002 Parliamentary elections made an end to this image. More recently, the radical right and Islamophobic Party of Freedom (PVV) led by Geert Wilders, has become very successful. In the Parliamentary elections of June 2010, the party achieved 15.5 percent of the votes. Yet, its success shows great variation within the country and a clear geographical pattern can be observed. During my presentation I will identify the contextual determinants that contribute to the party’s electoral success and the regional differences in its success. Before doing so, I will briefly describe the growing success of the radical right in the Netherlands and the PVV in particular, and give an overview of theories that have been presented to explain the success of radical right parties.

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