Sorry, you need to enable JavaScript to visit this website.

IRI and Partners Release New Study on Triggers to Fringe Party Voting in Europe

November 17, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC: The International Republican Institute (IRI), with its partners the Alliance of Liberal Democrats for Europe (ALDE) and the European Liberal Forum (ELF) is releasing the findings of a cooperative effort commissioned to study the triggers to fringe party voting in Europe, authored by George Mason University Associate Professor of Policy and Government, Justin Gest, with Jeremy Ferwerda, Assistant Professor of Government, Dartmouth College, and Tyler Reny, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Claremont Graduate University.

In this publication, entitled Europe’s Path Back from The Fringe, Gest and his colleagues provide an anlysis of the survey’s results, studying the demographical and psychological drivers of fringe party support in 19 countries throughout Europe (Germany, France, Italy, the UK, Spain, Poland, Romania, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Sweden, Hungary, Austria, Bulgaria, Denmark, Slovakia, Lithuania, Slovenia, Latvia, Estonia) between August and September of 2020.

Results notably show that fringe party voting should not be understood as a uniquely right-wing or left-wing phenomenon, as both fringe party supporters are united by common illiberal attitudes, although these vary between the two groups. The study also shows that fringe parties have mild to moderate room from growth.

With its innovative methodology and an analysis that separates fact from fiction, Europe’s Path Back from The Fringe is set to become an indispensable tool to study the recent phenomena of political disruption across Europe, which IRI is studying in-depth with political parties. Survey results will be shared widely among the Institute’s partners on the continent.

Read the Full Report.