ViPET - Western allignment vs. Eastern trajectory? Right-wing populist voters in Croatia and Serbia

When: Wednesday, 15 May 2024, 16:45. Where: Konferenzraum, NIG, 2nd floor, Universitätsstraße 7, 1010 Vienna, and online.

When: Wednesday, 15 May 2024, 16:45 - 18:00
Where: Konferenzraum, NIG, 2nd floor, Universitätsstraße 7. 1010 Vienna and online


Speaker: Valentina Petrović ​(University of Zürich)

Event: ViPET (Vienna Seminars in Political and Economic Transformations)

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Are there any commonalities within the social profile of right-wing populist parties’ voters between Croatia and Serbia? To answer this question, we draw on original survey data collected in 2021 as part of the Horizon 2020 "INVENT" project, employing regression models and principal component analysis (PCA). Our study reveals a remarkable uniformity in the cultural attitudes exhibited by right-wing voters across Croatia  and Serbia. However, a noteworthy disparity emerges in the economic dimension. In Croatia, individuals supporting right-wing populist parties (RPPs) tend to disapprove of government intervention in the market, aligning with a neoliberal stance on economic issues, similarly to RPP voters in Western Europe. Conversely, right-wing voters in Serbia exhibit a distinct inclination toward state intervention in the economy. Moreover, the Serbian pattern is mostly driven by the ruling SNS, which draws support from all social classes and occupies a culturally conservative position, leaning towards a more statist approach. By bridging the gap in comparative studies, our research contributes to the deeper understanding of RPP dynamics in South-Eastern Europe and their comparability to broader European trends.