Regional Policies As A Recipe for Success Against Populism?
After the recent successes of the AfD in Bavaria and Hesse, it seems obvious to many that so many have voted for the populists because they are worried about the consequences of increasing immigration. Which is why the federal government hastily decided to speed up deportations. The results of a Europe-wide evaluation over two decades, which populism researcher Robert Gold has just completed, suggest that the reasons lie deeper. According to the study, fewer people vote for extreme right-wing parties where economically successful regional policies were previously pursued.
We discuss the results with the author in our next New Economy Short Cut with populism researcher and author Robert Gold (IfW Kiel). The event will be held in English. We look forward to your participation!
Robert Gold is
deputy head of the Innovation and International Competition Department at IfW Kiel. One of his research focuses is the political economy of globalization and technological change. He also researches the impact of regional policies on populism.