Working Paper No. 1304

Globalization and Populism in Europe

Published: November 19, 2019Pages: 27Keywords: Globalization; Populism; TradeJEL-codes: P16

Globalization and Populism in Europe Andreas Bergh and Anders Gustafsson

Recent micro-level studies have suggested that globalization – in particular, economic globalization – breeds political polarization and populism. This study examines if those results generalize by examining the country-level association between vote shares for European populist parties and economic globalization.

Using data on vote share for 267 right-wing and left-wing populist parties in 33 European countries 1980–2016, and globalization data from the KOF-institute, we find no evidence of a positive association between economic globalization and populism. In many cases, the partial correlation is significantly negative. EU-membership is associated with 5 to 10 percentage units larger vote shares for right-wing populism in both random and fixed effects models.

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