Populism Index


Timbro’s Authoritarian Populism Index is the only Europe-wide comprehensive study that aims to shed light on whether populism poses a long-term threat.

The Index explores the rise of authoritarian populism in Europe by analysing electoral data from 1980 to summer 2017. On average, around a fifth of the European electorate now vote for a left- or right-wing populist party. In other words, 55.8 million people voted for these parties during European countries’ latest general elections.

Briefing

Populism Index Summary

11 July 2017

The 2017 TIMBRO Authoritarian Populism Index is the only Europe-wide comprehensive study that aims to shed light on whether populism poses a long-term threat to European ‘liberal’ democracies. The Index explores the rise of authoritarian populism in Europe by analysing electoral data from 1980 to summer 2017.

As the data show, Authoritarian-Populism has overtaken Liberalism and has now established itself as the third ideological force in European politics, behind Conservatism/Christian Democracy and Social Democracy.

Hungary, Poland and Greece are the European countries where anti-establishment parties are the strongest. At the same time, nine European countries (including seven EU Member States) have populist parties in government.

On average, around a fifth of the European electorate now vote for a left- or right-wing populist party. In other words, 55.8 million people voted for these parties during European countries’ latest general elections.

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Publication

Populism Index 2017

11 July 2017

The full publication is available in Swedish and can be downloaded below.

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