Geschwister-Scholl-Institut für Politikwissenschaft (GSI)




Publikation "Assessing the diversity of anti-establishment and populist politics in Central and Eastern Europe"

von Sarah Engler, Bartek Pytlas und Kevin Deegan-Krause


Der Artikel erscheint im West European Politics als Teil des Sonderheftes "Varieties of Populism in Europe in Times of Crisis" und ist auf der Webseite des Journals verfügbar.


The more populism enters public debates, the more it needs close scrutiny. Central and Eastern Europe offers a useful context for exploring the diversity of parties identified as populist. Anti-establishment rhetoric provides a suitable conceptual starting point because of its pervasive role in the region’s political discourse. Using a new expert survey, this article details the relationship between anti-establishment salience and political positions, showing that anti-establishment parties occupy a full range across both economic and cultural dimensions and many occupy more centrist positions. Narrowing the focus to content analysis of anti-establishment parties’ thin ideology in the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia, it is concurrently found that for many actors (including those usually labelled as populist) anti-establishment rhetoric is indeed predominant, yet not always extensively combined with other elements of populism: people-centrism and invocation of general will. The findings are important for understanding multiple varieties of anti-establishment politics also beyond the region.