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Anti-Establishment Politics in Europe

Anti-establishment politics has itself become an established sight. Exploring this mercurial and diverse phenomenon concurrently remains a challenging task. This is particularly the case once we consider that anti-establishment claims not only fundamentally delegitimize representative politics, but may also include more or less explicit prescriptions for political change.

Yet what do diverse anti-establishment actors actually mean when they vow to “smash the system” or to “fix politics”? How can these narratives be analysed under a single comparative roof? Which role do these claims play within issue supply? And finally: what are the consequences of the diversification and mainstreaming of anti-establishment politics for European party systems?

Accordingly, this project, funded by the German Research Council (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft), aims to analyse the patterns, function and impact of anti-establishment politics across Europe.