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The Global Political Economy of Right-wing Populism: Deconstructing the Paradox

Onis, Z. & Kutlay, M. ORCID: 0000-0003-4942-1001 (2020). The Global Political Economy of Right-wing Populism: Deconstructing the Paradox. The International Spectator, 55(2), pp. 108-126. doi: 10.1080/03932729.2020.1731168


The rise of right-wing populism should be studied as a truly global phenomenon. Domestic and regional contexts are obviously crucial, yet a narrow focus on the domestic realm fails to capture some of the key constituents and paradoxical features of the rise and resilience of right-wing populist projects around the world. Therefore, right-wing populism and the way its contradictions are ‘managed’ ought to be understood within the context of mutual interactions between: 1) an economy-identity nexus and 2) a domestic-foreign policy nexus. A critical review of six controversial aspects of right-wing populism in the global North and global South is used to substantiate this main argument.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article to be published by Taylor & Francis Group in The International Spectator on 18/03/2020, to be available online:
Publisher Keywords: right-wing populism; inequality; left-wing populism; economic grievances; cultural backlash
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Departments: School of Policy & Global Affairs > International Politics
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