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Leonid Bershidsky

Don’t Be So Sure You Know the ‘Typical’ Euro-Populist

Resentment has different roots in different countries. It’s a product of culture as much as economics, sex or class.

Who is that guy?

Who is that guy?

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Articles about recent electoral gains by nationalist parties in Europe tend to paint the same picture of a typical populist voter: He’s a middle-aged, blue-collar man living outside the big urban centers, frustrated and depleted by economic, technological and cultural change and yearning for the good old days.

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