Carolina Plaza-Colodro

Carolina Plaza-Colodro
Universidad de Salamanca · Department of Public Law

PhD Political Science
Postdoctoral Fellow

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Introduction
Carolina Plaza Colodro is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Area of Political Science at the University of Salamanca, Spain. She is a Sociologist at the University of Barcelona and holds a PhD in Comparative Politics from the University of Salamanca. She has been visiting researcher at Università degli Studi di Milano (2016), University of Leicester (2016) and Universidade Nova da Lisboa (2020). Her academic interests are related to party systems, populism, and Euroscepticism, both at the
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October 2020 - present
Universidad de Salamanca
Position
  • PostDoc Position
April 2015 - April 2019
Universidad de Salamanca
Position
  • Researcher in the project "Economic crisis, social change and new political actors" funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economics and Competitiveness

Publications

Publications (18)
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The populist radical-right label brings together parties characterised by their adherence to populism, nativism, and authoritarianism. While the relevance of the label to the family is unquestioned, its popularity, combined with the theoretical affinity between the three core elements, may cause radical-right parties to be systematically considered...
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This dataset consists of two different surveys conducted to disentangle the relationships between populist attitudes, programmatic preferences, and socio-demographic characteristics in several party systems. The surveys gather data aimed at assessing: 1) the nature of the associations between populist attitudes and programmatic preferences, politic...
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Spanish public opinion has traditionally been characterized by its high level of support for the European Union. The party system has largely reflected that consensus. Euroscepticism has been weakly represented, and even then, it has mainly been a Euroscepticism of a ‘soft’ type. In this context, PSOE has always presented itself as a champion of th...
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In this article, we defend the ideational approach to populism by arguing that populist discourses have consequences for government formation and the coalition choices of political parties. Using two attempts of government formation in Spain during 2016 as an example, we show that incorporating a populist dimension of competition alongside the two...
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Beginning with the economic crisis in 2008, a number of European societies witnessed the emergence of ‘new parties’. Most authors explain their electoral appeal by focusing on how the perceived state of the economy influences individuals’ voting decisions. This article determines the extent to which political attitudes can also explain voting for n...
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Can a study of populist parties in Southern Europe shed light on the relation between populism and Euroscepticism? The proposed comparative framework examines the different degrees and types of Euroscepticism of populist parties in the Southern region. We expect that the variety of populist parties in this region, more oriented to the left, will he...
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As the introduction to this special issue highlights, the Great Recession, along with the more recent phenomenon such as the refugees’ crisis and the Brexit referendum, has contributed to the success and strengthening of populist Eurosceptic parties across European party systems. The loss of legitimacy of governments and European institutions has o...
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As other authors have said, analysing publications is a suitable method for illustrating the development of a discipline because publications are among the most important aspects of a branch of learning. To answer the two major questions posed in the introduction to this symposium – what is published? and who publishes? – we examine the evolution o...
Conference Paper
This paper examines the incidence of populism and Euroscepticism, and their empirical convergence, in the Portuguese and Spanish party systems before and after the Great Recession. We address the question of the transformation on the supply side of populist Eurosceptic parties in both countries and the conditions for the emergence of new niche popu...
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The debt crisis has had profound effects on the politics of several European countries. In the countries that were most severely hit by the crisis, widespread feelings of political discontent arose and trust in politicians dramatically decreased, as a reaction to the failure of parties and governments to respond successfully to the economic situati...
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This research sheds light on recent changes in voting behaviour in Spanish politics, in particular, voting for new parties in the 2015 legislative elections in Spain. Our aim is to evaluate to what extent voting for new parties is motivated by programmatic orientations or rather, it responds to a rejection to politics and the political establishmen...
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En España, la crisis económica ha traído consigo una crisis política y un cambio social que empezó a cristalizarse en las Elecciones Europeas de 2014, que abrieron un nuevo ciclo político-electoral en el país. Este periodo caracterizado por la desafección de los ciudadanos hacía la política, la baja confianza en las instituciones y la imagen de los...
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The recent literature dealing with the political effects of the economic shock of 2008-2009 has shown that the economic crisis in capitalist advanced societies has also been a democratic and political crisis. This paper examines the literature of comparative politics which has explored the dynamics of political change activated since the start of t...

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Projects (3)
Project
This project examines changes in the relationships among populist attitudes, programmatic preferences, and socio-demographic characteristics in West European Party systems. It aims at analyzing both individual variations within national cases and cross-national and cross-time differences. The project will gather data and perform analyses aimed at assessing 1) the nature of the associations among populist attitudes, programmatic preferences, political values and socio-demographic characteristics, and 2) the direct and indirect effects of such attitudes and characteristics on voting and electoral competition.
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Economic crisis that began in 2008 and affected in varying degrees all Western countries, triggered a political crisis with sharp consequences over political systems, especially those of the most afected societies. The main goal of this project is to go into the details of the party system transformation process that European countries are experiencing, meanwhile the research focus both in the supply and demand side of the electoral competition. An especial attention is given to new parties, besides new political phenomena that are affecting party systems: populism, rising Euroescepticism and the return of class politics.