Party, leader or candidate? dissecting the right-wing populist vote in Finland

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Publication Details

List of Authors: Elina Kestila-Kekkonen, Peter Soderlund
Publication year: 2014
Journal: European Political Science Review
Journal acronym: EUR POLIT SCI REV
Volume number: 6
Issue number: 4
Start page: 641
End page: 662
Number of pages: 22
ISSN: 1755-7739


What populist right parties offer (the supply side) should be examined in relation to the preferences of the populist right electorate (the demand side). This article examines how the supply and demand in the electoral market are met by assessing the relative importance of party, party leader, and district-level candidate for the right-wing populist vote. The study is set in an electoral system, which uses preferential voting for candidates in multi-member districts, namely Finland, where all three objects of vote choice may matter. We analyse post-election survey data for the 2011 parliamentary election in which the right-wing populist True Finns party gained almost one fifth of the national vote. The results show that being guided by the characteristics of the party leader is a much stronger predictor the of the True Finns vote than being affected by party or district-level candidate characteristics.


candidate-centredness, party leader effects, right-wing populism, voting behavior

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