How to counter exclusionary far right politics with a progressive inclusionary agenda on equality
Coherent Identifier 20.500.12592/2jb4v2

How to counter exclusionary far right politics with a progressive inclusionary agenda on equality

10 October 2023

Summary

Policy recommendations Co-opting the policy agendas of far-right parties is not a winning strategy for social democrats and trade unions because in most cases accommodation will probably alienate a large proportion of their traditional left-wing supporters.‘Copycat’ strategies that extend well beyond ‘ownership’ issues are rarely successful: policy accommodation increases the salience of the immigration issue, thus running the risk of further inflating support for the far right.The percentage of voters in the centre-left supporter pool with exclusively cultural immigration concerns is low in most countries. Centre-left voters worried about immigration instead tend to be driven primarily by economic considerations. These supporters will likely abandon left-wing parties and organisations if they adopt far right populist positions.Left-wing governments and trade unions should focus on addressing economic grievances by reducing labour market insecurity, promoting economic growth and ensuring effective welfare protection. They should reclaim ownership of issues they are associated with, most notably equality. Successful strategies galvanise the centre-left’s core supporter base and mobilise beyond it by addressing the (economic) grievances that concern large parts of the electorate.

CITE THIS PAGE
https://www.etui.org/cite-page/34547
Collection Number
2023.08
ISSN
PDF 2031-8782
ISSN PDF
2031-8782
Pages
10
Published in
Belgium

Creators/Authors

Tags

social dialogue and social policies