Staff Profile:Professor Daphne Halikiopoulou

Professor Daphne Halikiopoulou
Job Title:
  • Convenor of PO2CGP
  • Convenor of PO3FAR
  • Politics and International Relations UoA REF Lead
  • Politics and International Relations Impact Lead


I am a Professor of Comparative Politics. I have written extensively on nationalism and the cultural and economic determinants of far-right party support. I am the author of 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. My research appears in the European Journal of Political Research, Journal of Common Market Studies, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Government and Opposition, European Political Science Review, and Nations and Nationalism among others. In 2016 I was the recipient of an American Political Science Association (APSA) European Politics and Society Section Best Paper Award for her co-authored article 'Risks, Costs and Labour Markets: Explaining Cross-National Patterns of Far-Right Party Success in European Parliament Elections' (with Tim Vlandas). I am joint Editor-in-Chief of the journal Nations and Nationalism (with John Breuilly, John Hutchinson and Eric Kaufmann) and co-editor (with Daniel Stockemer) of the Springer book series in Electoral Politics.


Information on my most recent book The Golden Dawn's 'Nationalist Solution': Explaining the Rise of the Far Right in Greece (Reform and Transition in the Mediterranean) can be found here.


Higher Education Academy Fellow (2013); PhD European Studies, London School of Economics (2007); MSc Comparative Politics, London School of Economics (2001); BA Politics and International Relations, Lancaster University (2000)

Impact and Outreach

I frequently appear in the media. I have been interviewed by the BBC World Service, Channel 4 News, France24, Al Jazeera, the Atlantic, and the New York Times among others. I have written numerous blog posts and opinion pieces for LSE EUROPP, Newsweek, the Huffington Post, the Conversation, Open Democracy, the Financial Times, El Pais, Social Europe, the Washington Post and the Independent. 


2020: I am working with Daniel Stockemer (University of Ottawa) on a survey funded by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (Canada office). The survey, which will be fielded in the US, Canada and Germany, examines- and seeks to disentangle- the cultural, economic and security-related dimensions of anti-immigration attitudes.

2019: University of Reading Research Fellowship: The aim of this project is to examine far right populism on a global scale. Specifically, it aims at identifying different patterns of nationalist narratives and how they appeal to different social groups in different countries. It does so by comparing far right populist parties with varied success in Europe, the US, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Brazil.

2015: Hellenic Observatory/ National Bank of Greece funded project entitled: 'Radicalising the Mainstream? The Rise of the Golden Dawn and its Impact on Greek Party Politics' (with Kyriaki Nanou, University of Nottingham, and Sofia Vasilopoulou, University of York). The project, which is part of the broader Comparative Agendas Project (CAP), examines the extreme right Golden Dawn and its impact on the dynamics of party competition in Greece.


2016: American Political Science Association (APSA) European Politics and Society Section Best Paper Award for 'Risks, Costs and Labour Markets: Explaining cross-national patterns of far right party success in European Parliament Elections' (with Tim Vlandas).

Areas of Interest:

Comparative European politics; voting behaviour and party politics; nationalism and extremism; far right parties; far left parties; comparative methods

Research Supervision:

I am interested in supervising students in the following topic areas:

  • The rise of far-right parties
  • Brexit
  • Voting patterns in Europe
  • Nationalism and political mobilisation
  • Extremism
Research groups / Centres:
  • Vice President of the Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism (ASEN)
  • Joint Editor-in-Chief of Nations and Nationalism (Wiley)
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Selected Publications not cited on Centaur

Blog posts and Newspaper Articles:

04/20 The pandemic is exposing the weaknesses of populism, but also fuelling authoritarianism, LSE Brexit 

12/19 Far-right voters don't dislike government. They just want to keep its benefits for their own ethnic group, Washington Post Monkey Cage 

11/19 Resisting the seductions of populism, Social Europe 

07/19 Nationalism and Populism: Between culture and economy, Populism Observer 

07/19 2019 Greek elections: Hope or caution?, Who Governs Europe

06/19  Populistas de extrema derecha, El Pais 

05/19 Understanding the far-right populists: focus on their political message, Social Europe 

09/18 Far right groups may be diverse but here's what they have in common, The Conversation

03/18 Breaching the social contract: why the success of the Golden Dawn in Greece points to a crisis of democratic representation, Democratic Audit

02/18 Three dangerous generalisations you could be making about populism, Political Quarterly Blog

04/17 Why are far right parties increasing their support across Europe? A note on the French election, Huffington Post

02/17 What is new and what is nationalist about Europe's new nationalism?, Huffington Post

02/17 What is new and what is nationalist about Europe's new nationalism?, LSE EUROPP

10/15 Four ways to deal with the Golden Dawn, Kathimerini

07/15 The No Vote threatens democracy in Greece, Newsweek

07/15 Greek crisis: As Greece spirals towards disaster, a new era of extremist politics begins, The Independent

07/15 How Greece crisis sparked a new era of extremist politics, The Conversation

06/15 Why the Golden Dawn is a Neo-Nazi Party, Huffington Post

05/15 The Golden Dawn's Nationalist Solution: Explaining the Rise of the Far Right in Greece, LSE EUROPP

02/15 Élections grecques, l'espoir en chemin?, La Revue Nouvelle

01/15 The Significance of the Golden Dawn as third party in parliament, Lifo Newspaper

01/15 Syriza won with a radical left programme, but keeping the middle class on side may be key to retaining power, LSE EUROPP

06/14 Scapegoating Europe? How discontent with domestic politics determined the EU vote, Open Democracy

05/14 Golden Dawn's success in the European elections shows the party now has a stable support base among Greek voters, LSE EUROPP

09/13 The Rise of the Golden Dawn casts a Shadow on Greek Politics, Huffington Post

06/12 Greece's response to austerity has been to say "no to the Fourth Reich" but yes to the neo-Nazism of the Golden Dawn, LSE EUROPP

06/12 The recent elections may have only postponed Greece's default and Eurozone exit, LSE EUROPP

06/12 Golden Dawn, SYRIZA or a pro-memorandum party?, Counterpoint

05/12 New elections in Greece seem increasingly likely, further damaging the country's credibility, LSE EUROPP

04/12 Socio-economic volatility and the rise of anti-establishment politics will characterise Greece's most important election in nearly 40 years, LSE EUROPP

03/12 As long as cartelisation, patronage, and corruption dominate Greek politics, economic reforms will be doomed to failure, LSE EUROPP

12/10 Moving from a race-based agenda to a focus on civic virtue has aided the BNP's resurgence in the last decade, LSE British Politics and Policy


Media Interviews:

06/20 On populism and COVID-19, Estadão

03/20 Populism is Meaningless, The Atlantic

01/20 Populism is morphing in insidious ways, The Atlantic

07/19 Tired Greeks set to clobber progressive Left government and return to old-style political dynasty, The Telegraph 

07/19 Giannis Antetokounmpo: NBA star's rise from 'hustling' on Athens streets to MVP award, BBC Sport 

05/19 Interview on the 2019 EP elections, Radio Catalonia 

05/19 E.U. Elections 2019: A guide to the Parliament vote, The New York Times

05/19 Documentary: The rise of the far-right, BBC Scotland

05/19 European elections could reveal popularity and chaos of populists, Al Jazeera

03/19 Who are the far-right extremists? BBC World Service, The Real Story

03/19 Populism and how it impacts democracy, The Daily Star, Bangladesh

12/18 'Their ideas had no place here': How Crete kicked out Golden Dawn, The Guardian

11/18 Politics: Where Next? Populism, Channel 4

10/18 Far-Right, Radical Right, Extreme Right: What is this all about?, PAUTA (Chile)

09/18 The rise of the far-right in Europe, Radio Athina 9.84

03/17 Why the defeat of the Dutch Trump Geert Wilders is far from the end of Europe's far-right populists, Huffington Post

02/17 The rise of the far-right in Europe, Harvard Political Review

12/16 Brexit, Trump, Le Pen and the rise of the right: the anger goes global, The Independent

12/16 Why Europe's populist revolt is spreading, Irish Examiner

11/16 Why Europe's populist revolt is spreading, Newsweek

03/16 Brussels Attacks: Right-wing political parties point to immigration, Newsweek

03/16 Justin Welby is wrong. It is racist to blame migrants for your fears about jobs and wages, The Independent

02/16 Anti-Islam organisation Pegida is exporting hate across Europe, Newsweek


Visiting Fellow, Sciences Po CEVIPOF (2015)


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