James F. Downes is a lecturer in comparative politics and the director of admissions and public relations in the Department of Government and Public Administration at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is also a senior fellow at the Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right. He has published recent articles in Electoral Studies, Routledge (Contemporary China Series) and is currently working on a book manuscript for Routledge, Democracy & Extremism Series. He also writes regularly for LSE EUROPP, Democratic Audit, UK and Social Europe.
Center-right parties recognized the 2008 economic crisis as a time of greater voter volatility when the populist radical right sought to secure more support through appeals over immigration.
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