Terrorism’s effect on Europe’s centre- and far-right parties

  • William Wheatley
  • Joseph RobbinsEmail author
  • Lance Y. Hunter
  • Martha Humphries Ginn


European far-right parties have enjoyed mixed success in the past few years. The primary elements in many of these parties’ policy platforms centre on security, terrorism, and foreign persons. Naturally, these platforms are designed to attract electoral support that these actors can parlay into governing positions. Our study offers an important test to ascertain how voters respond to terrorist attacks with respect to centre- and far-right parties. We contend that far-right parties are to likely benefit from terrorist attacks more than centre-right parties. The results from more than 30 European countries, spanning 1975–2013, affirm our hypothesis. The implications for partisanship, governance, and terrorism are explored in this paper as well.


European politics Far-right politics Political violence 



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Authors and Affiliations

  • William Wheatley
    • 1
  • Joseph Robbins
    • 2
    Email author
  • Lance Y. Hunter
    • 3
  • Martha Humphries Ginn
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Government, Global Studies, and GeographyShepherd UniversityShepherdstownUSA
  2. 2.Department of Political ScienceValdosta State UniversityValdostaUSA
  3. 3.Department of Social SciencesAugusta UniversityAugustaUSA

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