The Impact of Populist Radical-Right Parties on Immigration Policy Agendas: A Look at the Netherlands By Tjitske Akkerman. July 2018

In the run-up to the 2017 Dutch parliamentary elections, the radical-right, anti-immigration Party for Freedom (PVV) and the center-right People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) were locked in fierce competition. Immigration and integration, core issues for the PVV and its controversial leader, Geert Wilders, were at the heart of the debate. In the end, the VVD beat out its radical-right opponent, earning the most votes and leading some commentators to proclaim the election a victory for mainstream liberal democratic values.

This report looks beyond election results to examine how and under what conditions radical-right parties have had an impact on immigration policymaking in Western Europe. Taking the Netherlands as a case study, it examines the challenges many such parties face in translating fiery campaign rhetoric into policy after entering office and their relative strengths in shifting political agendas while in opposition. It also assesses the strategies more mainstream parties have adopted in an attempt to limit the growth of the populist radical right.


9781138914988Verschenen in 2016: Tjitske Akkerman, Sarah Lange, Matthijs Rooduijn (eds), Radical Right-Wing Populist Parties in Western Europe. Into the Mainstream? Londen: Routledge

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T.Akkerman, “Populism and Democracy. Challenge or Pathology?” in Acta Politica 2003

T.Akkerman, “Radicaal en respectabel populisme”, in De Academische Boekengids 2003

T.Akkerman, “Anti-immigration parties and the defence of liberal values” in Journal of Political Ideologies 2005

T. Akkerman, “New Wars. New Morality?” in Acta Politica 2009

T.Akkerman, “Populism”, in Encyclopedia of Global Studies 2012