Who Deserves Welfare and Who Does Not?; 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 Sociology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


To what extent has the rise of populist radical right (PRR) parties in Europe affected welfare policies? Based on a scoping review of studies that address the relationship between PRR parties and welfare policy, Chiara Rinaldi and Marleen Bekker conclude that, due to their welfare chauvinistic positions, the participation of PRR parties in government coalitions is likely to have negative effects on the access to welfare provisions and health of vulnerable population groups. This short commentary reflects on this review article and critically examines its conclusion. It suggests some conceptual clarifications, raises some reservations about the review’s main claim, and provides some follow-up questions.


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Volume 10, Issue 9
September 2021
Pages 594-597
  • Receive Date: 08 July 2020
  • Revise Date: 03 September 2020
  • Accept Date: 06 September 2020
  • First Publish Date: 01 September 2021