The Multifaceted Pathways Linking Populism to Ethnic Minority Health; 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 Public and Occupational Health, Amsterdam University Medical Centres, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Based on a scoping review of empirical studies accompanied by interviews with experts, Rinaldi and Bekker studied the impact of populist radical right (PRR) parties on access to welfare provisions – the latter standing proxy for population health and for health inequalities in particular. We argue that populism can impact on migrant and ethnic minority health in multiple ways, in addition to the welfare mechanism specified in that review. These include institutionalised discrimination affecting individuals’ positions in the social hierarchy, experiences of discrimination in interpersonal relationships, and a weakened legitimacy of health policies. Interdisciplinary teams that include public health scholars and political scientists should take up the challenge of understanding migrant and ethnic minority health from a systems perspective.


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Volume 10, Issue 9
September 2021
Pages 588-590
  • Receive Date: 09 July 2020
  • Revise Date: 04 August 2020
  • Accept Date: 09 August 2020
  • First Publish Date: 01 September 2021