“Populism in the Foreign Policy of Central European States”, Marko Lovec and Ana Bojinović Fenko (CIR, Slovenia)

The paper deals with populism in the foreign policy of Central European states.

Mapping of populist types via their positioning on selected foreign policy issues and impact of the party programme on election results shows growing polarisation within the group of populists and their limited success outside of migration policy area. While confirming the existing literature on systemic constraints and business-as-usual politics, the results also reveal the rising impact of systemic factors, such as growing instability and crises in the external environment on populist parties’ polarization and election success.

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