Reviewing the relationship between social policy and the contemporary populist radical right: welfare chauvinism, welfare nation state and social citizenship

Markus Ketola, Johan Nordensvard

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Abstract

Whilst populism has a long-standing relationship with social policy, the recent emergence of radical right populism as a considerable political force across Europe and beyond compels us to think further about this relationship. The aim of this review essay is to bring together literature on populism, welfare chauvinism and social citizenship in order to highlight the role social policy plays in the rhetoric and political approach of the populist radical right. This essay reviews, how, by developing artificial distinctions between culturally homogeneous ‘people’ and corrupt ‘elite’, the populist radical right generates interpretations of social citizenship that confers social rights based on of cultural or ethnic belonging, rather than as a matter of right. By simplifying the nature of complex social policy problems, radical right populism further problematizes the mainstream social policy agenda. Consequently, radical right populism will continue to present a significant challenge to progressive and inclusive social policy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)172-187
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of International and Comparative Social Policy
Early online date26 Sep 2018
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 26 Sep 2018

Keywords

  • Populism
  • Social citizenship
  • Welfare chauvinism
  • Social Policy

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