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Cristian Norocel

Ov Cristian Norocel

Associate senior lecturer

Cristian Norocel

Nostalgic Nationalism, Welfare Chauvinism, and Migration Anxieties in Central and Eastern Europe


  • Radu Cinpoeş
  • Ov Cristian Norocel


  • Ov Cristian Norocel
  • Anders Hellström
  • Martin Bak Jørgensen

Summary, in English

This contribution examines, in the Central and Eastern European context, the interplay between ideals of national specificity, welfare chauvinist appeals, and emerging politics of migration, for the purpose of providing welfare provision to a narrowly defined ethnic group, as promoted by right-wing populist parties in the region. We suggest a comparative framework to account the various positions that such parties occupy in the mainstream political systems in Central and Eastern Europe. Our study deals with the case of a right-wing populist party becoming the main governing force, such as the Law and Justice Party (Prawo i Sprawiedliwość, PiS) in Poland; the case of a right-wing populist party as key opposition force, such as the Movement for a Better Hungary (Jobbik Magyarországért Mozgalom, Jobbik) in Hungary; and thirdly, the case of an unsuccessful right-wing populist party, such as the United Romania Party (Partidul România Unită, PRU). For our qualitative analysis we are drawing on the official discourses of these parties as articulated from 2015 onwards, since it marks the beginning of what has come to be referred to as the European refugee crisis. The aim of this chapter is to map out the various electoral strategies employed, with varying degrees of success, which juxtapose cultural protectionist appeals to welfare chauvinist proposals, and consequently shed light on the culture and welfare nexus in the Central and Eastern European context.


  • Department of Gender Studies

Publishing year







IMISCOE Research Series

Document type

Book chapter


Springer International Publishing


  • Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
  • International Migration and Ethnic Relations
  • Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)




  • ISSN: 2364-4095
  • ISSN: 2364-4087
  • ISBN: 978-3-030-41693-5
  • ISBN: 978-3-030-41694-2