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De Jonge, Dr Léonie

Léonie de Jonge
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Léonie de Jonge is an assistant professor of European Politics & Society at the Faculty of Arts. She studied International Relations at Cornell College in Iowa and obtained her Master’s degree and PhD in Politics & International Relations at the University of Cambridge. Her PhD focused on the successes and failures of right-wing populist parties in Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg (the Benelux). Her interests lie in populism, European integration, comparative politics, party politics, and media (including social media) research.

Léonie de Jonge is trying to understand the rise and normalization of the far-right in the twenty-first century. The question of why right-wing populist parties are more successful in some countries and regions is of particular interest to her. In 2021, she joined the Young Academy Groningen. In this network, she focuses on academic freedom and achieving, maintaining, and protecting this. De Jonge has been appointed member of the KNAW Young Academy in 2022.

In 2021, she published her book The Success and Failure of Right-Wing Populist Parties in the Benelux Countries. In addition, she regularly writes for Dutch politicology blog Stuk Rood Vlees. Various news channels, including NPO Radio 1 and RTL Television, have interviewed her on her political insights. And even international news sources, such as the BBC, Newsweek, and the Economist regularly consult De Jonge as an expert.


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de Jonge, L., & Voerman, G. (2023). De BoerBurgerBeweging: een agrarische belangenpartij met populistische trekjes. De Hofvijver, 13(141).
Otjes, S., & de Jonge, L. (2023). The Netherlands: Political Developments and Data in 2022: A New Cabinet Facing New and Old Challenges. European Journal of Political Research.


Nanninga, P., de Jonge, L., & Valk, F. (2022). Fenomeenanalyse Extremisme Noord-Nederland, 2014-2022. University of Groningen.
Damhuis, K., & de Jonge, L. (2022). Going Nativist. How to Interview the Radical Right? International journal of qualitative methods, 21.
de Jonge, L. (2022). Populism and Extremism. In V. Anghel, & E. Jones (Eds.), Developments in European Politics (3 ed.). (Developments in Politics). Bloomsbury Academic.
de Jonge, L. (2022). Populism, Power and Proportionalism in Nadia Urbinati's Me the People. History of European Ideas, 48(8), 1094-1096.
de Jonge, L. (2022). Populist Success and Failure. In L. Manucci (Ed.), The Populism Interviews: A Dialogue with Leading Experts (pp. 65-69). Routledge.
Tunderman, S., de Jonge, L., & Couperus, S. (2022). Studying Populism at the Intersection of Political Science and Political History: The Case of the Boerenpartij in the Netherlands, 1950s-1970s. In C. Domper Lasús, & G. Priorelli (Eds.), Combining political history and political science: Towards a new understanding of the political Routledge.
de Jonge, L., & Gaufman, L. (2022). The normalisation of the far right in the Dutch media in the run-up to the 2021 general elections. Discourse and Society, 33(6), 773-787.


de Jonge, L. (2021). Is the (Mass) Party Really Over? The Case of the Dutch Forum for Democracy. Politics and Governance, 9(4), 286-295.
de Jonge, L. (2021). The Success and Failure of Right-Wing Populist Parties in the Benelux Countries. (Extremism & Democracy). Routledge.


de Jonge, L. (2021). The Curious Case of Belgium: Why is There no Right-Wing Populism in Wallonia? Government and Opposition, 56(4), 598-614.
de Jonge, L. (2020). Between Universalism and Identity Politics: Contextualising Luxembourg’s Racism Debate. Forum für Politik, Gesellschaft und Kultur, 410.
de Jonge, L. (2020). Comment les médias flamands traitent les partis populistes de droite. Revue Politique, 111, 80-84.
Castelli Gattinara , P., de Jonge, L., & Klein, O. (2020). ECPR General Conference - Section Report on "Populism, Radicalism and Extremism: At the Margins and into the Mainstream". ECPR Press.
de Jonge, L. (2020, Oct 9). Het raadsel van Wallonië: Waarom radicaal rechts niet van de grond komt in Franstalig België.
de Jonge, L. (2020, Nov 20). Pourquoi n’y a-t-il pas de populisme de droite en Wallonie?


de Jonge, L. (2019, Sept 11). 15 jaar Wilders: voorloper of buitenbeentje in Europa?
de Jonge, L. (2019). De PVV in Europees perspectief: Een vergelijking. In G. Voerman, & K. Vossen (Eds.), Wilders gewogen: 15 jaar reuring in de Nederlandse politiek (pp. 67-84). Boom.
Jonge, de, L. (2019, Dec 20). Don’t mainstream the far right. Providing a platform for extremists helps fuel their advance.
de Jonge, L. (2019, Jan). Hoe Driest gaan Vlaamse media om met rechts-populisten?
Jonge, de, L., & Kmec, S. (2019). Luxembourg: History. In E. P. (Ed.), Western Europe (22nd ed., pp. 465-470). Routledge.
de Jonge, L. (2019, Jan 9). Rechtspopulisme en de media in de Benelux.
de Jonge, L. (2019). The Populist Radical Right and the Media in the Benelux: Friend or Foe? International Journal of Press/Politics, 24(2), 189-209.


de Jonge, L. (2018, Oct). Kampf um Aufmerksamkeit: „übermannt“ in den Medien.
de Jonge, L. (2018, Jun 1). The Biggest Loser? State of the Left in the Age of Right-Wing Populism.
de Jonge, L. (2018, Feb 15). What’s Left of Luxembourg’s Left?


de Jonge, L. (2017, Jul). Emmanuel Macron’s Centrist Victory May Only Add Fuel to the Populist Fire: France’s Middle-of-the-Road Strategy Risks Alienating the Left, Enraging the Right, and Inspiring Almost No One.
de Jonge, L. (2017, Jan 24). First Brexit and now Trump: what is populism and how might we view it? University of Cambridge.
de Jonge, L. (2017, Jul). Journalismus im „postfaktischen“ Zeitalter: Ein Stimmungsbild aus Zeitungsredaktion im Benelux-Raum.
de Jonge, L. (2017, Mar 12). The Nationalist International: Is There a Brown Network in the Making? E-International Relations Publishing.


de Jonge, L. (2016, Apr). Direkte Demokratie als Waffe der Rechtspopulisten?.
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