Comparative European Politics

, Volume 17, Issue 5, pp 673–695 | Cite as

What to expect when you’re electing: the relationship between far-right strength and citizenship policy in Europe

  • Michael A. HansenEmail author
  • Jennifer L. Clemens
Original Article


The analysis builds on previous research exploring the impact of far-right support on citizenship policy. Using Bayesian analyses, this research evaluates the impact of far-right success on citizenship policy restrictiveness and citizenship policy outcomes per year across 29 European countries between 2003–2014. Results reveal that far-right success is a statistically and substantively significant factor in determining citizenship policy restrictiveness as well as rates of naturalization. However, differential levels of impact suggest that far-right influence is not uniform throughout the policy process.


Far right parties Radical right parties Citizenship policy Populist radical right parties Immigration 



The authors will share all data, coding, and appendix material for replication purposes upon request. The authors thank Ivan Ascher, David A. Armstrong II, Kathleen A. Dolan, Shale Horowitz, Thomas M. Holbrook, Natasha Borges Sugiyama, the editors of Comparative European Politics, as well as the anonymous reviewers, for reading drafts and their valuable critiques and suggestions.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceUniversity of Wisconsin - MilwaukeeMilwaukeeUSA
  2. 2.Department of Political ScienceUniversity of Wisconsin - MilwaukeeMilwaukeeUSA
  3. 3.Department of Political ScienceLunds UniversitetLundSweden

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