Researching the Welfare Impact of Populist Radical Right Parties; Comment on “A Scoping Review of Populist Radical Right Parties’ Influence on Welfare Policy and its Implications for Population Health in Europe”

Document Type : Commentary


Department of Political and Social Sciences, European University Institute, Fiesole, Italy


Populist radical right (PRR) parties can impact population health through multiple mechanisms, including welfare chauvinistic policies, influencing mainstream parties, and eroding democratic norms. Rinaldi and Bekker survey the literature in order to motivate a wider research agenda. They highlight results from existing studies which show the importance of looking into the impact of PRR parties on welfare policy. This commentary considers some of the areas of research highlighted by the original article, as well as other possibilities for further research. The most important of these is to expand the sample of cases to Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America, and South East Asia.


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Volume 10, Issue 8
August 2021
Pages 516-518
  • Receive Date: 28 June 2020
  • Revise Date: 03 July 2020
  • Accept Date: 04 July 2020
  • First Publish Date: 01 August 2021