Social democratic parties have faced electoral decline in the first two decades of the 21st century, while radical right parties have witnessed unprecedented success. However, the narrative suggesting that social democratic parties lost their voters to radical right parties is flawed in both assumptions and assertations. Read the Swedish language version of the publication Left Behind by The Working Class with a new foreword adding further context and insight to the discussion.
Tarik Abou-Chadi is Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science at the University of Zurich and the Centre for Democracy Studies Aarau. His research focuses on elections and political competition in advanced democracies. He has published widely on social democracy, the radical right and green parties.
Reto Mitteregger holds a BA and MA from the University of Zurich and is a doctoral student and assistant at the Department of Political Science of the University of Zurich. He is part of the research project ”European social democracy and the trade-offs of party competition in post-industrial societies”.
Cas Mudde is the Stanley Wade Shelton UGAF Professor in International Affairs and a Distinguished University Professor at the University of Georgia (US), as well as a Professor II at the Center for Research on Extremism (C-REX) at the University of Oslo (Norway). His latest books include The Far Right Today (2019) and (with Cristóbal Rovira Kaltwasser) Populism: A Very Short Introduction (2017).
Responsible for this publication at the FES:
Jan Niklas Engels is responsible for the area ”Trend and Empirical Social Research” within the Division for Analysis, Planning and Consulting of the Friedrich-EbertStiftung.