Progressive Answers to Populism in Finland

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Abstract

During the last decades, the Finnish political system had been
dominated by the Social Democratic Party, the Centre Party,
and the National Coalition party. In the parliamentary election of
2015, this habitual political triangle was shaken by the one and
only genuinely populist political party, the Finns Party. The party
received 17.7% of the votes, making it the second largest party in
the Finnish multiparty system. The Finns Party entered into the
government in coalition with the Centre Party and the National
Coalition party. This new role induced many changes in the Finns
Party tactics. Their participation in the government also created
platform for a more radical right-wing inside the party, and finally
the party split during the summer 2017. This division created two
populist parties, one with even more far-right orientation, but
also with less support. In the latest polls the support for rightwing
populism in Finland has fallen to 10 percent. The other
consequence of the split resulted in a new type of Finns Party,
which resembles to right-wing populist parties in Sweden (Sweden
Democrats) and in Germany (Alternative for Germany).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProgressive Answers to Populism
EditorsErnst Stetter, Tamas Boros , Maria Freitas
Number of pages23
Place of PublicationBrussels
PublisherFoundation for European Progressive Studies
Publication date12 Feb 2019
Pages113-136
ISBN (Print)978-2-930769-21-9
Publication statusPublished - 12 Feb 2019
MoE publication typeA3 Book chapter

Fields of Science

  • 517 Political science
  • Populism
  • Nationalism

Cite this

Pakkasvirta, J. O. (2019). Progressive Answers to Populism in Finland. In E. Stetter, T. B., & M. Freitas (Eds.), Progressive Answers to Populism (pp. 113-136). Brussels: Foundation for European Progressive Studies.
Pakkasvirta, Jussi Olavi. / Progressive Answers to Populism in Finland. Progressive Answers to Populism. editor / Ernst Stetter ; Tamas Boros ; Maria Freitas. Brussels : Foundation for European Progressive Studies, 2019. pp. 113-136
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