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Flash Paper Series 2019

Flash Paper Series 2019

Unsere Flash Paper Series ist dafür eingesetzt worden, um AutorInnen von Beiträgen zum jeweils aktuellen Research Topic die Möglichkeit zu geben, ihre Meinungen, Ansichten und Ideen herausstreichen zu können. Es wird damit der notwendige Raum eingeräumt, ein Research Topic in vielfältigen Dimension darzustellen. Im Sinne eines diskursiven und kritischen Austauschs zu einem Thema sei jedoch die Möglichkeit auch für die interessierte Öffentlichkeit gegeben, sich über das finale Produkt des Policy Brief hinaus - der oft eine Vielzahl an Ideen und Sichtweisen in ihren Details nicht ausreichend darstellen kann - über die konkreten Konzepte der einzelnen IdeengeberInnen zu informieren und im Detail nachzulesen. Die Querdenkerplattform distanziert sich hier bewusst von den einzelnen Meinungen der AutorInnen in den Flash Papers. Die Flash Paper Series steht demnach neben dem Output der Querdenkerplattform (Policy Brief, Working Paper) bzw. als Ergänzung dazu und schildert die Ansichten der AutorInnen in ihren einzelnen Beiträgen zum Research Topic im Detail. 

Our Flash Paper Series has been designed to give the single authors of the Research Topics an opportunity to highlight their opinions, views and ideas. This gives the necessary space to present a research topic in its variety of dimensions. According to a discursive exchange of opinions on a topic, however, also the interested public has the possibility to read about concrete concepts and ideas of an author, beyond the final product of the Policy Brief, which often can not adequately present a multitude of ideas and perspectives in its details. The Policy Crossover Platform dissociates from the individual opinions of the authors in the Flash Papers. Therefore, the Flash Paper Series complements the final output of the Research Topic (Policy Brief, Working Paper) and describes the views of the authors in their individual contributions to this topic in detail. 

Flash Paper 2/2019


Using the election and employment data on NUTS-2 level in the six founders of the European Union and Austria as a case study, this paper investigates the question whether there is a link between the industrial employment and the vote for right-wing parties. In order to measure the complexness of a voting decision other characteristics, like employment outside the industrial sector, level of education, demographic emigration and male share are included. The estimation results reveal a positive relationship between the employment in the industry and the vote for right-wing parties, which indicates that socioeconomic factors are primarily more suitable to explain the rising of right-wing populism. However, the negative link between the share for right- wing parties and the emigration, and the negative relationship between employment outside the industry and the vote for right wing populism shows that economic factors are not negligible in order to explain the rise of right-wing parties.

Schmid, C. (2019), Gibt es einen Zusammenhang zwischen der Wahl von Rechtspopulistischen Parteien und der Beschäftigung in der Industrie, Policy Crossover Center: Vienna-Europe, Flash Paper 2/2019

Flash Paper 1/2019


The following remarks are concerned with social identity, particularly with the antagonism between―European identity‖, which reflects the achievements of the integration process of the EuropeanUnion, and the xenophobic ―Identitarian Movement‖, which strives for disintegration of any supranational entity. The financial crisis of 2008 and the migration wave of 2015 have resulted in rapid structural changes and spreading uncertainty about future living standards in the EU. Extreme right-wing populist movements have capitalized on the anxieties emanating from these changes. They propagate a retreat from globalization and from the EU while advocating an inward-oriented policy with national borders against migration and cultural diversification. To forego a relapse into insular nationalism, the EU needs a revamped narrative which rests on the established liberal democracy and takes seriously the EU‘s motto ―United in Diversity‖. The upcoming elections to theEuropean Parliament provide a chance to rebuff anti-EU populism while strengthening forces attempting a democratic regeneration and further development of the European integration process.

Handler, H. (2019), European Identity and Identitarians in Europe, Policy Crossover Center: Vienna-Europe, Flash Paper 1/2019