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The Populist Radical Right and Health

National Policies and Global Trends

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  • Is the first comprehensive book on populist radical right (PRR) parties’ health policies
  • Is exceptionally timely
  • Features ten worldwide case studies including countries usually left out of PRR discussions
  • Focuses on the intersection of health and political science
  • Covers a topic that is often misunderstood
  • Combines authorship of young and advanced scholars

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Table of contents (12 chapters)


About this book

This contributed volume is the first in-depth analysis of the health policies of populist radical right (PRR) parties worldwide and their actual involvement in health care. The prominence of authoritarian, nationalistic, and populist parties is expanding steadily. However, it is often difficult to discern what kind of policies they really stand for, particularly with regard to the welfare state and public health, where research remains sparse. This book fills this critical gap.

The text connects PRR parties and leaders with actual health and social policy effects in Eastern and Western Europe as well as in the United States, Brazil, and the Philippines. The chapters highlight ten individual country case studies authored by young scholars and professors with political science and health experts:

  • The Austrian Freedom Party in Government: A Threat to Public Health?
  • The Alternative for Germany (AfD) and Health Policy: Normalization or Containment of Populist Radical Right Tendencies?
  • Populist Radical Right Influence on Health Policy in the Netherlands: The Case of the Party for Freedom (PVV)
  • The Evolution of the Populist Radical Right and Their Impact on Health in Italy
  • The Populist Radical Right and Health in Hungary
  • Is the Polish 'Law and Justice' (PiS) a Typical Populist Radical Right Party? A Health Policy Perspective
  • The Case of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP)
  • Rhetoric and Reality in the United States of America: Trump, Populism, and Health Policy
  • Ruling Through Chaos in Brazil: Bolsonaro's Authoritarian Agenda for Public Health
  • An Authoritarian Reaction to COVID-19 in the Philippines: A Strong Commitment to Universal Health Care Combined with Violent Securitization 

The Populist Radical Right and Health is exceptionally timely and essential reading for political science and health colleagues researching and writing about PRR parties and leaders; students and faculty in public health, health and social policy, and political science; and anyone interested in learning more about this topic.

Editors and Affiliations

  • Public Health Program, Cornell University Public Health, Ithaca, USA

    Michelle Falkenbach

  • School of Public Health, Department of Health Management and Policy, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA

    Scott L. Greer

About the editors

Michelle Falkenbach, PhD, is a postdoctoral associate in the Cornell public health program at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Michelle works on research projects that think about and build upon a more effective cross-fertilization between health and political science research. Her publications primarily speak to the impact of the Populist Radical Right on health and her research has been published in the International Journal of Health Policy and Management, the European Journal of Public Health and Health Policy and Technology as well as other outlets.

Scott L. Greer, PhD is Professor of Health Management and Policy and Global Public Health at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he also holds a courtesy appointment in Political Science, and is a member of the HMP Governance Lab. Additionally, he is Senior Expert Advisor on Health Governance to the EuropeanObservatory on Health Systems and Policies in Brussels, Belgium. His recent books include the edited Federalism and Social Policy: Patterns of Redistribution in Eleven Democracies (2019), the second edition of Everything you always wanted to know about European Union health policies but were afraid to ask (2019), the edited The European Union after Brexit (2020), The Politics of Ageing and Health (2021), and the edited Coronavirus Politics (2021). 

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: The Populist Radical Right and Health

  • Book Subtitle: National Policies and Global Trends

  • Editors: Michelle Falkenbach, Scott L. Greer

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Medicine, Medicine (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2021

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-70708-8Published: 08 September 2021

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-70711-8Published: 09 September 2022

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-70709-5Published: 07 September 2021

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXV, 211

  • Number of Illustrations: 21 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Health Policy, Political Science and International Relations, general, Public Health, Comparative Politics, Public Policy, Development Studies

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