Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/210945
Authors: 
Bergh, Andreas
Gustafsson, Anders
Year of Publication: 
2019
Series/Report no.: 
IFN Working Paper 1304
Abstract: 
Recent micro-level studies have suggested that globalization - in particular, economic globalization - breeds political polarization and populism. This study examines if those results generalize by examining the country-level association between vote shares for European populist parties and economic globalization. Using data on vote share for 267 right-wing and left-wing populist parties in 33 European countries 1980-2016, and globalization data from the KOF-institute, we find no evidence of a positive association between economic globalization and populism. In many cases, the partial correlation is significantly negative. EU-membership is associated with 5 to 10 percentage units larger vote shares for right-wing populism in both random and fixed effects models.
Subjects: 
Globalization
Populism
Trade
JEL: 
P16
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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