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Reverse post-material thesis

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Reverse post-material thesis

The reverse post-material thesis or reverse post-materialism thesis[1] is an academic theory used to explain support for far-right political parties. The thesis argues that during the 1970s and 1980s, mainstream political parties embraced a post-material agenda with less concern for traditional class and economic interests and greater concern for lifestyle issues such as feminism and environmentalism. The reverse post-material thesis argues that individuals support such parties because they reject the post-material positions adopted by mainstream political parties, particularly centre-left and progressive political parties. According to this thesis, this post-material agenda is seen as irrelevant to the material concerns, particularly by working-class males. [2]


  1. ^ Carrolll, W. (2014) Far Right Parties and Movements in Europe, Japan, and the Tea Party in the U.S.: A Comparative Analysis, Journal of Power, Politics & Governance, June 2014, Vol. 2, No. 2, p 220
  2. ^ Merkel, P. and Weinberg, L. (2004) Right-wing Extremism in the Twenty-first Century, Frank Cass Publishers: London, pp 52-53
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