Comparing forecast models of radical right voting in four European countries (1973–2008)

Evans, JA and Ivaldi, G 2009, 'Comparing forecast models of radical right voting in four European countries (1973–2008)' , International Journal of Forecasting, 26 (1) , pp. 82-97.

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Radical Right Parties (RRPs) have traditionally been seen as ‘hard cases’ to forecast, with unstable voter bases affected by short-term influences. Building upon our previous work on forecasting the French Front National’s vote across time, we construct a comparable model for three other European countries – Austria, Denmark and Norway – with significant RRPs, using economic, cultural and political predictors. We find that the model performs surprisingly well, with the partial exception of Norway, and provides an accurate forecast of RRP electoral performance which improves upon naive endogenous models and, significantly, upon polling estimates. Moreover, the model is firmly rooted in existing explanations of RRP success, allowing a robust explanation not only of variation in these parties’ votes, but also of less successful estimates in a small number of country-specific contexts. Overall, we find that standard approaches to electoral forecasting in fact offer a useful tool in the analysis of RRPs.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Electoral forecast, radical right, evaluating forecasts, regression, time series
Themes: Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Schools > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences > Centre for Democracy and Human Rights
Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Applied Research in Health, Welfare and Policy
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Forecasting
Publisher: Elsevier
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0169-2070
Depositing User: JAJ Evans
Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2011 09:14
Last Modified: 23 Nov 2018 11:19

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