Economic factors determining the electoral success of far-right and far-left parties in the EU countries
|Článek v odborném periodiku
|Časopis / Zdroj
|Society and Economy In Central and Eastern Europe
|Fakulta / Pracoviště MU
|economic growth; election;far left party; far right party; inflation; unemployment
|The recent electoral success of far-right and far-left parties is often considered to be a side- effect of the economic crisis. This article aims to determine the degree to which the downturn in economic performance helped to increase the vote share of these parties. The research includes a set of 23 EU member states from the period 1995 to 2012, and fi nds that poor economic performance signi fi cantly determined the vote share of the far-left. Among the indicators in fl uencing the far-left electorate were mainly changes in the GDP and unemployment rate. The research does not fi nd any correlation between the far-rights vote share and the development of macroeconomic indicators.