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Edina Szöcsik (University of Basel) gives a talk on 'Do multicultural policies fuel the success of radical right parties? Evidence from a quasi-experiment in Romania', in the Political Behaviour Colloquium

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  • Tue 23 Feb 2021 17.15 - 18.30
  Add to Calendar 2021-02-23 17:15 2021-02-23 18:30 Europe/Paris Edina Szöcsik (University of Basel) gives a talk on 'Do multicultural policies fuel the success of radical right parties? Evidence from a quasi-experiment in Romania', in the Political Behaviour Colloquium

Political Behaviour Colloquium

Abstract: There exist two conflicting views on the impact of multicultural policies and minority rights on radical right parties’ electoral success. According to the backlash hypothesis, as multicultural policies threaten the status of the dominant group, their members will increasingly support radical right parties that promise to annul multicultural policies. In contrast, the tolerance hypothesis suggests that multicultural policies lead to a greater support of social equality, thus dominant groups members support for radical right parties will decrease. To test these two hypotheses, I analyze the causal impact of the introduction of local language rights for the Hungarian minority in Romania, a most-likely context for the backlash scenario. The results of difference-in-differences analyses show an unequal effect of the introduction of local language rights on radical right’s electoral success. In localities that had to introduce minority rights, the electoral success of the radical right parties has decreased, whereas in localities that were not obliged to introduce minority rights, it has increased.

Outside EUI premises - via Zoom DD/MM/YYYY
  Outside EUI premises - via Zoom

Political Behaviour Colloquium

Abstract: There exist two conflicting views on the impact of multicultural policies and minority rights on radical right parties’ electoral success. According to the backlash hypothesis, as multicultural policies threaten the status of the dominant group, their members will increasingly support radical right parties that promise to annul multicultural policies. In contrast, the tolerance hypothesis suggests that multicultural policies lead to a greater support of social equality, thus dominant groups members support for radical right parties will decrease. To test these two hypotheses, I analyze the causal impact of the introduction of local language rights for the Hungarian minority in Romania, a most-likely context for the backlash scenario. The results of difference-in-differences analyses show an unequal effect of the introduction of local language rights on radical right’s electoral success. In localities that had to introduce minority rights, the electoral success of the radical right parties has decreased, whereas in localities that were not obliged to introduce minority rights, it has increased.


Location:
Outside EUI premises - via Zoom

Affiliation:
Department of Political and Social Sciences

Type:
Working group

Contact:
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Organiser:
Álvaro Canalejo Molero (EUI - Department of Political and Social Sciences)
Nerea Gándara Guerra (EUI - Department of Political and Social Sciences)
Elias Dinas (EUI)

Speaker:
Edina Szöcsik (University of Basel)

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