Populist foreign policy in Southern Europe

Chryssogelos, Angelos, Giurlando, Philip and Wajner, Daniel (2023) Populist foreign policy in Southern Europe. In: Populist foreign policy: regional perspectives of populism in the international scene. Global Foreign Policy Studies . Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, Switzerland, pp. 63-88. ISBN 9783031227738


This chapter explores the foreign policies of populist governments in several countries of Southern Europe, notably France, Greece, Italy, and Spain. These Mediterranean countries not only show similar characteristics in terms of geography, culture, religion, and political system, but also a dense presence of populist leaderships with governmental power (or close to having it, in the French case), both from the right and from the left. A comparative analysis of PFP in this subregion allows us to unravel some of the distinctive ways in which populists shape foreign policy, especially in relation to the EU, and how this is influenced by structural positions in the regional distribution of power and the relative strength of domestic parties and institutions.

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