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Joint Special issues, Books, Dissertations  

Akkerman, T., de Lange, S.L. & Rooduijn, M. (eds.) (2016). Radical Right-Wing Populist Parties in Western Europe - Into the Mainstream? Routledge.         

Barstad, G.E., Hjelde, A., Kvam, S., Parianou, A. & Todd, J. (eds). (2016). Language and Nation - Crossroads and Connections. Waxmann Verlag GmbH.

Euroscepticism (Special Issue) in: The Polish Quarterly of International Affairs, Volume 24, Issue 2. (2015) (on Radical and Eurosceptic Parties including case studies of the Sweden Democrats, AfD, Jobbik, Front National, N-VA as well as articles on Czech and Polish Eurosceptic parties)Heinisch, R. and Lindroth, B. (2016). Väljarnas hämnd: Populism och nationalism i Norden. Carlsson.

Mazzoleni, O. (eds). (2016). Understanding Populist Party Organisation - The Radical Right in Western Europe. Palgrave Macmillan UK.

Yilmaz, F. (2016). How the Workers Became Muslims. University of Michigan Press.

Norways 22/7 Converging Frames of War, Hervik, P. and Meret, S. (editors) in: Nordic Journal of Migration Research, Volume 3, Issue 4 (Dec 2013). Retrievable here.

Fragments, Bergström A., Johansson B., Oscarsson H. amp; Oskarson, M. (red), Bokserien nr. 63, 2015, available here.  

'The Politics and Policies of Welfare Chauvinism under the Sign of the Economic Crisis Keskinen S., Norocel C. O. amp; Jørgensen M. B. (ed), Forthcoming in: Critical Social Policy.

Jupskås, A. R. (2015) Persistence of Populism. The Norwegian Progress Party, 1973-2009: PhD thesis, University of Oslo.

Hellström, A., Trust Us: Reproducing the Nation and the Scandinavian Nationalist Populist Parties, London/New York: Berghahn Books (2016).

Harmel, R., Svåsand, L and Mjelde. H (2014). The Institutionalization (and De-Institutionalization) of Rightwing Protest Parties: The Progress Parties of Denmark and Norway. (Unpublished book manuscript).

Journal Articles, Book chapters (peer-reviewed)

Hellström, A. (2016). "Politics of shame: Life Stories of the Sweden Democrats' voters in a counter public sphere.” In J. Jamin (ed.). L’extreme droite en Europe. Bruylant, pp. 457-474.

Horsti, K. (2016). “Digital Islamophobia: The Swedish woman as a figure of pure and dangerous whiteness”. New Media and Society, pp. 1-18.

Immerzeel, T. & Pickup, M. (2015). “Populist radical right parties mobilizing ‘the people’? The role of populist radical right success in voter turnout”. Electoral Studies 40, pp. 347-360.

Jupskås, A.R. (2016). "Shaken, but not stirred: How right-wing populist parties have changed party systems in Scandinavia" in Steven Wolinetz and Andrej Zaslove (eds.) Absorbing the Blow: Populist Parties and their Impact on Parties and Party Systems, Colchester: ECPR Press.

Jupskås, A.R., Ivarsflaten, E., Karlsnes, B. & Aalberg, T. (2016). "Norway: Populism from Anti-Tax Movement to Government Party" in Toril Aalberg, Frank Esser, Carsten Reinemann, Jesper Strömbäck & Claes H. de Vreese (eds.) Populist Political Communication in Europe. Oxon: Routledge, pp. 54-67.

Jupskås, A.R. (2016). "The Taming of the Shrew: How the Progress Party (Almost) Became Part of the Mainstream", in Tjitske Akkerman, Sarah de Lange & Matthijs Rooduijn (eds.) Radical Right-Wing Populist Parties in Western Europe. Into the Mainstream? Oxon: Routledge, pp. 169-192.

Keskinen, S., Norocel, C. & Jørgensen, M.B. (2016). “The politics and policies of welfare chauvinism under the economic crisis”. Critical Social Policy 36, pp. 321-329.

Loxbo, K. & Bolin, N. (2016). “Party organizational development and the electoral performance of the radical right: exploring the role of local candidates in the breakthrough elections of the Sweden democrats 2002–2014”. Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties 26 (2), pp. 170-190.

Mjelde, H.L., Folkestad, B., Aars, J. & Christensen, D.A. (2016). “The 2015 Norwegian Local Elections: Support for Governing Radical Right Progress Party Plummets and Great Gains for Greens in ‘Second-Order’ Elections”. Regional & Federal Studies 26 (2), pp. 243-253.

Norocel, C. (2016). “Populist radical right protectors of the folkhem: Welfare chauvinism in Sweden”. Critical Social Policy 36 (3), pp. 371-390. 

Bevelander, P. and Hellström, A. (2015). ’Trespassing the Threshold of Relevance: Media Exposure and Opinions Polls of the Sweden Democrats, 2006-2010’, Contrastes, special issue: Ideas and Realities of democracy: meeting the challenges of contemporary citizenship, supplement (20).

Hellström, A. & Wennerhag, M. (2013). Nationalist Myth-Making and Populist mobilization in Scandinavia, Partecipazione e conflitto 6(3).

Hellström, A & Hervik, P. (2013). Feeding the Beast: Nourishing Nativist Appeals in Sweden and in Denmark, Journal of International Migration and Integration.

Hellström, A., Nilsson, T. & Stoltz, P. (2012). Nationalism vs. Nationalism: The challenge of the Sweden Democrats in the Swedish Public debate, Government and Opposition 47(2).

Horsti, K. amp; Pellander, S., (2015). Conditions of cultural citizenship: Intersections of gender, race and age in public debates on family migration in: Citizenship Studies, online first, 2015.

Horsti, K. amp; Nikunen, K., (2013).The ethics of hospitality in changing journalism: The response to the rise of the anti-immigrant movement in Finnish media publicity, in: European Journal of Cultural Studies, 16(4): 489504.

Ivarsflaten E. amp; Gudbrandsen F., The Populist Radical Right in Western Europe, 2012, retrievable here.

Ivarsflaten, E., Blinder, S., Ford, R., (2013) The better angels of our nature: how the anti-prejudice norm affects policy and party preferences in Great Britain and Germany, in American Journal of Political Science, 57: 841-857.  

Jungar, A.-C. & Jupskås A. R. (2014) Populist Radical Right Parties in the Nordic Region: A New and Distinct Party Family?, Scandinavian Political Studies, no. 3, pp. 215-238

Jupskås, Anders Ravik (2015) "Institutionalized Right-Wing Populism in Times of Economic Crisis: A Comparative Study of the Norwegian Progress Party and the Danish People's Party" in Kriesi, Hanspeter and Takis Pappas (eds.) European Populism in the Shadow of the Great Recession. Colchester: ECPR Press, pp. 23-40

Jupskås, Anders Ravik (2013) "Mangfoldig mobilisering og velsmurt valgkampmaskineri: Fremskrittspartiet runder 40 år", Nytt Norsk Tidsskrift, no. 1, pp. 5-16.

Jupskås, Anders Ravik (2013) "The Progress Party in Norway: A fairly integrated part of the Norwegian party system?" in Grabow, Karsten and Florian Hartleb (red.). Right-wing and National Populism in Europe. Brussel: The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS)/the Centre for European Studies (CES), pp. 205-236

Keskinen, S. (2013). Antifeminism and White Identity Politics: Political Antagonisms in Radical Right-Wing Populist and Anti-Immigration Rhetoric in Finland in Nordic Journal of Migration Research 3: 4, 225-232 .

Meret, S. & Siim, B., (2013). Gender, populism and politics of belonging: Discourses of Right-Wing Populist parties in Denmark, Norway and Austria in: Siim, B. amp; Mokre M., (ed), Negotiating Gender and Diversity in an emerging European Public Sphere, Palgrave Macmillan, 78-96, 2013.

Meret, S. &; Siim, B., (2013). Multiculturalism, Right-Wing Populism and the Crisis of Social Democracy, in: Keating, M. amp; McCrone D., The Crisis of Social Democracy in Europe, Edinburgh University.

Ndukwe T. C., (2015) ‘Between Multiculturalism and Conservatism in Finland: Experiences of African  Immigrants  in  the  Helsinki  Region’, The  Journal  of  Multicultural  Society, Vol.5  No.2,  pp.  146-193, 2015.

Nord,  L., Adam, S. , Maier, M. , De Vreese, C. H. , Schuck, A. R. , Stetka, V. , Jalali, C. , Seeber, G. U. , Negrine, R. & et al., (2013). ‘Campaigning Against Europe? : The Role of Euroskeptic Fringe and Mainstream Parties in the 2009 European Parliament Election’, in: Journal of Political Marketing, vol. 12: 1, pp. 77-99.

Other Publications (reports, working papers, blog entries, etc.)

Bolin, N. (2016). “Sverigedemokraternas organisatoriska utveckling som förklaring till väljarframgångarna”. Blog entry on Om makt och politik. April 11. Available here.

Hellström, A. & Lodenius, A.-L. (Forthcoming). Migration, politiska partier och medier i Norden. Delmi report.

Johansson Heinö, A. (2016). Timbro Authoritarian Populism Index. Available here.  

Mudde, C. (2016). The Study of Populist Radical Right Parties: Towards a Fourth Wave. C-REX Working Paper Series, no. 1. University of Oslo. Available here.

Rydgren, J. & van der Meiden, S. (2016) Sweden, Now a Country Like All the Others? The Radical Right and the End of Swedish Exceptionalism. Department of Sociology Working Paper Series, no. 25. University of Stockholm. Available here.

Titley, G. (2015). “The Debatability of Racism. Networked Participative Media and Post-racialism”. Text of a Keynote Lecture given at the conference The Porous Walls of Fortress Europe at Erasmus University in Rotterdam 19 November 2015, and at the Raster seminar ‘The politics of (anti)racism: perspectives on research and teaching’ at the University of Helsinki, 15 October 2015. Available here.

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Elisabeth Ivarsflaten &
Frøy Gudbrandsen 

The Populist Radical Right
In Western Europe

Populist radical right parties have become influential actors on the political stage in several Western European democracies. Gaining votes mainly from the mid-1980s and onwards, they represent the most recent party family to have appeared on the political map of Western Europe. The populist radical right parties group is more diverse than other party families in the region, as it includes organizations that have clearly different backgrounds and origins. The current unifying factors shared by the various populist radical right parties in programmatic terms, are their calls for restrictions on immigration and on the ethnic, cultural, and religious diversification of Western European societies, and the high priority that they assign to these political issues.

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Carl Dahlström & Anders Sundell

A losing gamble 
How mainstream parties facilitate
anti-immigrant party success

The emergence of anti-immigrant parties in Western Europe has provoked very different responses from mainstream parties. Some have tried to counter the anti-immigrant parties while others have tried to recapture lost voters by taking a tougher stance on immigration. Country comparative studies have tried to determine the effectiveness of different strategies, but systematic testing has been impaired by small-n problems. This paper therefore exploits sub-national variation in 290 Swedish municipalities to investigate the effect of mainstream party strategy on anti-immigrant electoral success. The paper finds that a tougher stance on immigration on the part of mainstream parties is correlated with more anti-immigrant party support, even when controlling for a large number of socio-economic, historical and regional factors. This result indicates that mainstream parties legitimize anti-immigrant parties by taking a tougher position on immigration. However, the results presented in the paper show that it is not sufficient for one mainstream party to take a tougher position; it is only when the entire political mainstream is tougher on immigration that the anti-immigrant party benefits. What is more, the toughness of the parties on the left seems to be more legitimizing than the toughness of the parties on the right.

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Carl Dahlström & Peter Esaiasson

Party Politics, The immigration issue and anti-immigrant party success
in Sweden

Electoral success of anti-immigrant parties varies considerably across Western Europe. This article contributes to research on this important matter by analysing which current theories that accounts for the failure of anti-immigrant parties in one national context, Sweden. It draws on an unusually rich set of data to trace important processes from the 1970s up to 2006. It shows that the failure of anti-immigrant parties is not explained by low citizen demand for anti-immigrant policies. The article does however find clear support for party strategy theories. More specifically, in accordance with important strands of this literature, it is found that a dismissive issue strategy has been effective in reducing support for anti-immigrant parties. There is also support for the expectation that established parties to the right are more inclined to pursue anti-immigrant policies than parties to the left.

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