Quotation Kohlenberger, Judith, Umansky, Karen. 2018. Hunt or Be Hunted? Immigration as a “Legitimate” Enemy Strategy in the 2017 Austrian General Election. 76th Annual MPSA Conference, Chicago, Vereinigte Staaten/USA, 05.04.-08.04.




Studying the 2017 general election, this paper explores the behavior of populist radical right parties in Austria and aims to determine the degree to which their positions on immigration were shared by mainstream parties. We hypothesize that in the 2017 election campaign period, all five parties that later made it into parliament adopted populist “legitimate” enemy strategy formerly reserved to the right-wing Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ). Official election manifestos and a unique dataset from the online vote match tool Wahlkabine are analyzed to trace and quantify “legitimate” enemies in parties’ appeal to the electorate. Results indicate that the two parties with the highest election gains, ÖVP and FPÖ, do indeed share several key ideologies on immigration.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Paper presented at an academic conference or symposium
Language English
Title Hunt or Be Hunted? Immigration as a “Legitimate” Enemy Strategy in the 2017 Austrian General Election
Event 76th Annual MPSA Conference
Year 2018
Date 05.04.-08.04
Country United States/USA
Location Chicago
URL http://www.mpsanet.org/conference


Refugee Health and Integration Survey
Kohlenberger, Judith (Details)
Umansky, Karen (Tel Aviv University, Israel)
Institute for Social Policy IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5404 Demography (Details)
5428 Migration research, emigration - (Details)
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