Is the rise of Right-Wing Populism Tied to Economic Conditions?

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The rise of Right-Wing Populism is tied to economic conditions.

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  • In the past, increases in unemployment have led to increases in electoral success for right-wing populist parties

  • Globalism tends to disproportionately benefit the wealthy and hurt the low skilled manufacturing workers. Their frustration with the "elite class" may lead them to vote for populist parties

  • Welfare systems and progressive social programs, which alleviate the strain of economic instability or strain, decrease popularity of right-wing popularity.

  • Countries who have experienced a right wing populist takeover (Italy, Poland, Greece, etc.) have uniquely high unemployment rates and national debt.

  • Recently, unemployment in Europe has been declining, as the world is recovering from the economic crisis of 2008-9, yet populist parties have made historic gains.

  • People's perceptions on the health of the economy and the state of their nation can be skewed and cause them to vote in a way that isn't supported by the economic data.

  • Immigration is more of an issue than the economy for many voters.

  • Support for populism isn't derived from just one social or economic class.