Xenophobic Attitudes and Parties in Central and Eastern Europe

Lecture | November 20 | 5:15-7 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall

 Dániel Róna, Hungarian Academy of Sciences; Fulbright Visiting Scholar, UC Berkeley

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES)

When do xenophobic attitudes translate into partisan choice? What supply- and demand-side factors determine the electoral success of far-right parties in the region? This presentation seeks to examine the views of the electorate on minorities (Roma, Gypsy, and migrant populations), the stance of parties, the political agenda, and the institutionalization of party systems in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania. In a comparative framework it attempts to explain the divergent paths of anti-minority parties in these countries. It will also shed light on fundamental differences between Eastern and Western European countries.