Williams, Katherine

Williams, Katherine
Start date:
October 2017
Research Topic:
Assessing the role and motivations of women in the populist radical right in the UK and Germany
Research Supervisor:
Prof Hanna Diamond and Dr Claudia Hillebrand
Supervising school:
School of Law and Politics,
Primary funding source:
ESRC Studentship
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The reemergence of the populist radical right today comes at a time of heightened political anxiety following recent events such as the Brexit vote in 2016, and the 2017 German federal elections, to name but two. The populist radical right is experiencing a resurgence in popularity, and in the eyes of its supporters, challenging the perceived dominance of mainstream parties and political elites.

Given the high number of visible women in parties in both the UK and Germany, as well as the level of female support for populist radical right candidates in elections across Europe and beyond, my research will attempt to unpack why women find the policies of these parties attractive, and investigate their motivations behind joining their respective parties.