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Professor Daphne Halikiopoulou
Chair in Comparative Politics



Daphne joined the department in January 2023 as Chair in Comparative Politics. She was previously Professor of Comparative Politics at the University of Reading. She gained her PhD from LSE (2007) where she also worked as a Fellow in Comparative Politics (2009-2012).

Daphne is interested in party politics and voting behaviour with a focus on the far right, populism and nationalism in Europe. She is the author of Understanding right-wing populism and what to do about it (with Tim Vlandas), The Golden Dawn’s ‘Nationalist Solution’: explaining the rise of the far right in Greece (with Sofia Vasilopoulou) and numerous articles on European far right parties. Her research appears in the European Journal of Political Research, West European Politics, Journal of Common Market Studies, European Political Science Review, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Government and Opposition, Environmental Politics and Nations and Nationalism among others. Her article ‘Risks, Costs and Labour Markets: Explaining Cross-National Patterns of Far-Right Party Success in European Parliament Elections’ (with Tim Vlandas) has been awarded Best Paper from the American Political Science Association (APSA).

You can find more information about Daphne’s work on her Google Scholar, ResearchGate and Twitter pages.



Daphne’s research lies at the intersection of nationalism studies, voting behaviour and comparative European party politics. She examines far-right populism at the demand, supply and policy levels, engaging with questions of central importance for democratic politics.

In terms of demand, Daphne’s work focuses on the heterogeneity of the far-right voter pool and the important distinction between galvanising the far right core constituency on the one hand, and mobilising more broadly beyond this core constituency on the other. The key message here is that, to increase their electoral chances, far right parties must mobilise grievances beyond culture. One common thread that links this research is the idea that certain factors that we may consider ‘deterrents’ of far right party support- for example political trust- or motivators of far right party support- for example economic or security threats- may actually have a differentiated effect on individual voters. See:

In terms of supply, Daphne’s research focuses on the successful multi-dimensional appeals far right parties make by using civic nationalist narratives to frame their exclusionary policies. Instead of shielding societies from right-wing extremism, civic nationalism paradoxically, offers it a platform through which it can attract voters. By excluding on ideological rather than biological rationalizations of national belonging these parties redefine the boundaries between national communities and others in seemingly liberal terms. The success of Greek Golden Dawn in the aftermath of the economic crisis, a party which adopted ethnic nationalism, was an exception to this pattern. See:

At the policy level, Daphne’s research focuses on the extent to which welfare state policies may serve as an effective remedy for far-right party support by preventing the far right from forging voter alliances. The key argument is that welfare state policies reduce the likelihood of supporting the far right among individuals exposed to high risks including the unemployed, pensioners, low-income workers, employees on temporary contracts, individuals in large families and individuals who are disabled/permanently sick. See:

Going forward, Daphne continues to pursue her research on the various demand and supply-side dimensions of far-right party support. She is also extending the focus of her research in the following ways:


Selected publications


  • 2015. Vasilopoulou, S. & Halikiopoulou, D., The Golden Dawn’s nationalist Solution: Explaining the Rise of the Far Right in Greece, New York: Palgrave.
  • 2015. Halikiopoulou, D. and S. Vasilopoulou, The Golden Dawn’s nationalist Solution: Explaining the Rise of the Far Right in Greece, Greek Translation, Thessaloniki: Epikentro
  • 2011. Halikiopoulou, D., Patterns of Secularisation: Church, State and Nation in Greece and the Republic of Ireland, Ashgate, ISBN: 978-1-4094-0345

Refereed Journal Articles

  • 2023. Stockemer, D.& Halikiopoulou, D. Multiple routes to immigration scepticism: The association between individual grievances and anti-immigrant attitudes in Canada, Germany and the USA. International Migration, 00, 1 16. DOI:
  • 2022. Arndt, C., Halikiopoulou, D. and Vrakopoulos, C. The centre-periphery divide and attitudes towards climate change measures among Western Europeans, Environmental Politics. DOI: 10.1080/09644016.2022.2075155
  • 2022. Vlandas, T. and Halikiopoulou. D. Welfare state policies and far right party support: moderating ‘insecurity effects' among different social groups, West European Politics, 45:1, pp.24-49
  • 2021. Stockemer, D., D. Halikiopoulou & T. Vlandas, Birds of a feather? Assessing the prevalence of anti-immigration attitudes among the far-right electorate, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies,47:15, pp. 3409-3436
  • 2020. Halikiopoulou, D., & Vlandas, T. When economic and cultural interests align: The anti-immigration voter coalitions driving far-right party success in Europe. European Political Science Review, 12(4), pp. 427-448.
  • 2020. Hutchins, R. and Halikiopoulou, D. Enemies of liberty? Nationalism, immigration, and the framing of terrorism in the agenda of the Front National, Nations & Nationalism, 26:1, pp. 67– 84
  • 2019. Bonikowski, B., Halikiopoulou, D., Kaufmann, E. and Rooduijn, M, Exchange on Nationalism and Populism, Nations & Nationalism, 25:1, pp. 58-81
  • 2019. Halikiopoulou, D. Right-wing populism as a nationalist vision of legitimating collective choice: a supply-side perspective, International Spectator, 54:2
  • 2019. Halikiopoulou, D. and Vlandas, T. What is new and what is nationalist about Europe’s new nationalism? Explaining the rise of the far right in Europe, Nations & Nationalism, 25:2, pp.409-434
  • 2019. Vlandas, T. and Halikiopoulou, D., Does unemployment matter? Economic insecurity, labour market policies and the far right vote in Europe, European Political Science, Vol. 18, pp.421–438 
  • 2018. Halikiopoulou, D. A Right‐wing Populist Momentum? A Review of 2017 Elections Across Europe. JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies, 56: pp. 63-73
  • 2018. Halikiopoulou, D. and Vasilopoulou, S., Breaching the social contract: crises of democratic representation and patterns of extreme right party support, Government and Opposition, 53:1, pp.26-50
  • 2016. Halikiopoulou, D. and Vlandas, T., Risks, Costs and Labour Markets: Explaining cross-national patterns of far right-wing party success in European Parliament Elections, Journal of Common Market Studies, 54:3, pp. 636- 655 Winner of 2016 APSA European Politics and Society Section Best Paper Award.
  • 2015. Halikiopoulou, D. and Vlandas, T., The rise of the far right in debtor and creditor European countries: The Case of European Parliament Elections, The Political Quarterly, 86:2 pp. 279-288
  • 2014. Halikiopoulou, D. and Vasilopoulou, S., Support for the Far Right in the 2014 European Parliament Elections: A Comparative Perspective. The Political Quarterly, 85:3, pp. 285–288.
  • 2014. Vasilopoulou, S., Halikiopoulou, D. and Exadaktylos, T., Greece in Crisis: Austerity, Populism and the Politics of Blame. Journal of Common Market Studies, 52:2, pp. 388-402
  • 2013. Halikiopoulou, D., Mock, S. And Vasilopoulou, S., The civic Zeitgeist: nationalism and liberal values in the European radical right, Nations & Nationalism, 19:1, pp.107-127
  • 2013. Vasilopoulou, S. and Halikiopoulou, D., In the Shadow of Grexit: The Greek Election of 17 June 2012, South European Society and Politics, 18:4, pp.523-523
  • 2012. Halikiopoulou, D., Nanou, K. and Vasilopoulou, S., The Paradox of Nationalism: The common denominator of radical right and radical left Euroscepticism, European Journal of Political Research, 51:4, pp. 504-539
  • 2010. Halikiopoulou, D. And Vasilopoulou, S., Towards a ‘civic’ narrative: British National identity and the transformation of the BNP, Political Quarterly, 81:4, pp. 583-592
  • 2008. Halikiopoulou, D., The Changing Dynamics of Religion and National Identity: Greece and the Republic of Ireland in a Comparative Perspective, Journal of Religion in Europe, 8:3, pp.302-328
  • 2008. Asari, E.M., Halikiopoulou, D. And Mock, S., British National Identity and the Dilemmas of Multiculturalism, Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, 14: 1, pp.1-28

Edited Volumes

  • 2011.Halikiopoulou, D. and S. Vasilopoulou (eds.), Nationalism and Globalisation: Conflicting or Complementary? Oxon; New York: Routledge

Contribution: editor (50%), authorship of the introduction and conclusion (50%)

Reviews by R. Holton, 2012 (Nations and Nationalism, 18: 3, pp. 548-549); D. McCrone, 2014 (Scottish Affairs, 23: 1, pp. 163-165)

Chapters and Other Invited Contributions

  • 2023. Halikiopoulou, D. The Far Right. In The Routledge Handbook of Political Parties edited by Neil Carter, Dan Keith, Sofia Vasilopoulou, and Gyda Sindre.
  • 2022. Halikiopoulou, D. Populism and nationalism. In: Manucci, L. , (eds.) Making sense of populism: Interviews with the experts. Routledge , London.
  • 2020. Halikiopoulou, D. The political implications of Covid-19: What now for populism? In Billio, M. and S. Varotto, A New World Post COVID-19: Lessons for Business, the Finance Industry and Policy Makers, Ca' Foscari University Press: Venice, ISBN [ebook] 978-88-6969-442-4 | ISBN [print] 978-88-6969-443-1
  • 2020. Halikiopoulou, D. Economic crisis, poor governance and the rise of populism: the case of Greece. Intereconomics: Review of European Economic Policy, 55 (1). pp. 34-37.
  • 2020. Vasilopoulou, S. and Halikiopoulou, D. Greek Political Culture. In Featherstone, K. and Papadimitriou, D. The Handbook of Greek Politics, Oxford University Press
  • 2019 Vrakopoulos, C. and Halikiopoulou, D. Vigilantism in Greece: the case of the Golden Dawn. In Bjorgo, T. and Mares, M. Vigilantism, Routledge.
  • 2017. Halikiopoulou, D. and Vlandas, T. Voting to leave: economic insecurity and the Brexit vote. In: Leruth, B., Startin, N. and Usherwood, S. (eds.) The Routledge handbook of Euroscepticism. Routledge Handbooks. Routledge, Abindon.
  • 2016. Halikiopoulou, D. and Vasilopoulou, S. Political instability and the persistence of religion in Greece. The policy implications of the cultural defence paradigm. In: González, F. and D'Amato, G. (eds.) Multireligious Society Dealing with Religious Diversity in Theory and Practice. Ashgate, Abingdon.
  • 2016. Halikiopoulou, D., Vasilopoulou, S. and Nanou, K. Changing the policy agenda? The impact of the Golden Dawn on Greek party politics. GreeSE (Hellenic Observatory Papers on Greece and Southeast Europe). 103. Discussion Paper. Hellenic Observatory, LSE, London.
  • 2015. Vasilopoulou, S. and Halikiopoulou, D., Greek politics: economic crisis or crisis of democracy? World Affairs, 178: 3
  • 2015. Halikiopoulou, D. and Vasilopoulou, S., The Greek Golden Dawn: Reasons behind the Extreme Right’s Revival in the Cradle of Democracy, CICERO Foundation, No. 15/05
  • 2014. Halikiopoulou, D. Radical left-wing Euroscepticism in the 2014 elections, in Is Europe afraid of Europe? Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies/ Karamanlis Foundation, Athens.
  • 2013. Halikiopoulou, D. and Vasilopoulou, S., Political Instability and the Persistence of Religion in Greece: The Policy Implications of the Cultural Defence Paradigm, RECODE Paper Series, Augsburg: European Science Foundation

Collaborative Research at International Level

The study addresses the underlying economic grievances driving RWPPs support and presents nuanced comparative findings on how to explain the success of RWPPs.

  • 2019. Rooduijn, M., Van Kessel, S., Froio, C., Pirro, A., De Lange, S., Halikiopoulou, D., Lewis, P., Mudde, C. & Taggart, P. The PopuList: An Overview of Populist, Far Right, Far Left and Eurosceptic Parties in Europe. PopuList is a peer-reviewed list of populist, far right, far left and Eurosceptic parties that obtained at least 2% of the vote in at least one national parliamentary election since 1998. The PopuList is supported by the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research, The Guardian, and the ECPR Standing Group on Extremism and Democracy. We are currently working on the 3rd edition of the PopuList which in addition to party classifications will also include country factsheets.

External activities


External Collaborations

Daphne seeks to communicate her research widely and encourage political debate. Her research and its associated findings are of high value to non-academic end-users who seek to develop effective policy responses to the far-right phenomenon. She has clearly communicated the key policy implications of her research - i.e., strong political institutions and generous welfare state policies make societies more resilient to far right populism- through media engagement and outreach papers and offered consultation to high alignment organizations whose visions centre on safeguarding and promoting democratic values. See below an indicative selection of Daphne’s collaborative activities and media engagement.


  • Joint Editor-in-Chief of the journal Nations and Nationalism
  • Co-editor of the Springer book series in Electoral Politics
  • Vice President of the Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism (ASEN)
  • Member of the PopuList team: a peer-reviewed list of populist, far right, far left and Eurosceptic parties that obtained at least 2% of the vote in at least one national parliamentary election since 1998 (Citation: Rooduijn, M., Van Kessel, S., Froio, C., Pirro, A., De Lange, S., Halikiopoulou, D., Lewis, P., Mudde, C. & Taggart, P. (2019). The PopuList: An Overview of Populist, Far Right, Far Left and Eurosceptic Parties in Europe).
  • Elected a Steering Committee member of the ‘Democracy and Extremism’ standing group of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR).

Invited talks and conferences

Selected Blog Posts

Media coverage

Professor Daphne Halikiopoulou

Contact details

Professor Daphne Halikiopoulou
Department of Politics and International Relations
University of York
YO10 5DD

Twitter: @halikiopoulou

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