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French Politics

, Volume 12, Issue 4, pp 338–347 | Cite as

Forecasting the rise of the Front National during the 2014 municipal elections

  • Sylvain Brouard
  • Martial Foucault
Data, Measures and Methods

Abstract

This article develops an electoral forecasting model for the extreme-right vote share in France during the 2014 municipal elections. On the basis of data gathered between 1998 and 2014 from a sample of 56 cities where the Front National(FN) has always presented candidates for municipal office, the model anticipated a rise in the FN’s share of the vote during the 2014 municipal elections. Controlling for political context through election type, FN popularity and electoral dynamics in addition to the criminality rate, this article adds to previous extreme-right forecasting models demonstrating that the FN’s vote share is not at all unpredictable even in the case of local elections.

Keywords

extreme-right electoral forecasting municipal elections 

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© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Ltd 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  • Sylvain Brouard
    • 1
  • Martial Foucault
    • 1
  1. 1.CEVIPOF, CNRS, Sciences PoParisFrance

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