Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Spring 2018

Document Type


Type of Thesis

Departmental Honors


International Affairs

First Advisor

Dr. Adrian Shin

Second Advisor

Dr. Shuang Zhang

Third Advisor

Dr. Joseph Jupille


In the past several decades right-wing populism has reshaped European politics. The late 20th and early 21st centuries are experiencing the rise of several right-wing populist parties in countries including France, Norway, Switzerland, Finland, Poland, Britain, and many others. This rise in right-wing populism is not a new phenomenon, and many of these parties trace their roots back to the 1970s as globalization permeated Europe. In this paper, I will examine the peculiar phenomena regarding the varying levels of success these right-wing populist parties have experienced. Specifically, I focus on the success of both the Norwegian and Swiss populist parties from a historical perspective and conclude with an analysis of their most recent election cycles. By focusing on the right-wing populists’ relationship with other political parties, I will establish a new analytical framework for populist politics. I conduct this research to better understand which strategies these parties are using to win elections with a specific focus on immigration and an antiestablishment posture.