Does Crime Pay? Issue Ownership, Political Opportunity, and the Populist Right in Western Europe

@article{Smith2010DoesCP,
  title={Does Crime Pay? Issue Ownership, Political Opportunity, and the Populist Right in Western Europe},
  author={Jason M. Smith},
  journal={Comparative Political Studies},
  year={2010},
  volume={43},
  pages={1471 - 1498}
}
This article contributes to the vast literature concerning extreme right parties in Western Europe by examining the effects of crime on the electoral success of these parties. Utilizing theories of issue ownership and political opportunity, this article argues that populist right parties appeal to voters who feel a sense of physical and social insecurity because of higher levels of crime. This hypothesis is tested using a data set covering 18 Western European countries between 1970 and 2005… Expand

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