Do economic policy preferences distinguish populist voters from mainstream ones? We compare the preference profile of the voters of the Five Star Movement (M5S), one of the most successful southern European populist parties, with the profile of voters of other parties at both the 2013 national and the 2014 European Parliament elections by means of a conjoint analysis experiment on economic policy programs. Despite economic insecurity and recent recessions being key drivers of populist voting, we provide evidence that M5S supporters are fiscally moderate: they are happy with the current size of government and oppose more spending. Their Euroscepticism, shared with right-wing voters and representing a new domestic divide, takes the form of a lukewarm support for the euro, which they would readily ditch if it were to improve economic performance.

Franchino, F., Negri, F. (2020). The fiscally moderate Italian populist voter: evidence from a survey experiment. PARTY POLITICS, 26(2), 176-190 [10.1177/1354068818761180].

The fiscally moderate Italian populist voter: evidence from a survey experiment

Negri, Fedra
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2020

Abstract

Do economic policy preferences distinguish populist voters from mainstream ones? We compare the preference profile of the voters of the Five Star Movement (M5S), one of the most successful southern European populist parties, with the profile of voters of other parties at both the 2013 national and the 2014 European Parliament elections by means of a conjoint analysis experiment on economic policy programs. Despite economic insecurity and recent recessions being key drivers of populist voting, we provide evidence that M5S supporters are fiscally moderate: they are happy with the current size of government and oppose more spending. Their Euroscepticism, shared with right-wing voters and representing a new domestic divide, takes the form of a lukewarm support for the euro, which they would readily ditch if it were to improve economic performance.
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economic policy; Euroscepticism; Italy; populism; voters/citizens;
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Franchino, F., Negri, F. (2020). The fiscally moderate Italian populist voter: evidence from a survey experiment. PARTY POLITICS, 26(2), 176-190 [10.1177/1354068818761180].
Franchino, F; Negri, F
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