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Falkenbach, Michelle, and Scott L. Greer. The Populist Radical Right and Health. 1st ed. Springer, Cham, 2021.


This contributed volume is the first in-depth analysis of the health policies of populist radical right (PRR) parties worldwide and their actual involvement in health care. The prominence of authoritarian, nationalistic, and populist parties is expanding steadily. However, it is often difficult to discern what kind of policies they really stand for, particularly with regard to the welfare state and public health, where research remains sparse. This book fills this critical gap.

The text connects PRR parties and leaders with actual health and social policy effects in Eastern and Western Europe as well as in the United States, Brazil, and the Philippines. The chapters highlight ten individual country case studies authored by young scholars and professors with political science and health experts:

  • The Austrian Freedom Party in Government: A Threat to Public Health?
  • Populist Radical Right Influence on Health Policy in the Netherlands: The Case of the Party for Freedom (PVV)
  • The Populist Radical Right and Health in Hungary
  • Is the Polish ‘Law and Justice’ (PiS) a Typical Populist Radical Right Party? A Health Policy Perspective
  • The Case of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP)
  • Rhetoric and Reality in the United States of America: Trump, Populism, and Health Policy
  • Ruling Through Chaos in Brazil: Bolsonaro’s Authoritarian Agenda for Public Health
  • An Authoritarian Reaction to COVID-19 in the Philippines: A Strong Commitment to Universal Health Care Combined with Violent Securitization 

The Populist Radical Right and Health is exceptionally timely and essential reading for political science and health colleagues researching and writing about PRR parties and leaders; students and faculty in public health, health and social policy, and political science; and anyone interested in learning more about this topic.

The Illiberalism Studies Program studies the different faces of illiberal politics and thought in today’s world, taking into account the diversity of their cultural context, their intellectual genealogy, the sociology of their popular support, and their implications on the international scene.