Extreme Right Parties In Western Europe

Paperback | September 25, 2006

byPiero Ignazi

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Comparative Politics is a series for students and teachers of political science that deals with contemporary issues in comparative government and politics. The General Editors are Max Kaase, Professor of Political Science, Vice President and Dean, School of Humanities and Social Science,International University Bremen, Germany; and Kenneth Newton, Professor of Comparative Politics, University of Southampton. The series is published in association with the European Consortium for Political Research.This book has three aims. First, it explores the extreme right in order to assess its ideological meaning and its political expression. Beginning with a discussion of the meaning and usefulness of the Left-Right distinction, it deals with the varying significance of the term 'right' and discussesthe appropriateness of the competing terms: 'radical', 'new', 'populist', and 'extreme right'. The book argues that the traditional neo-fascist party has been supplanted by a new type of extreme right party, unrelated to fascist ideology, but nevertheless opposed to the fundamental values of thedemocratic political system. The book's second aim is to carry out an in-depth analysis of the post-war evolution of the extreme right of each country in Western Europe. The analysis highlights their lineage from pre-war fascist regimes or movements, their different partisan expressions in thepost-war period, their ideological profile, their party's relationship with other actors in the party system, the socio-demographic and attitudinal profile of their voter-base, and the conditions which have favoured or inhibited their development. Finally, the book discusses in detail more recenttrends within the West European extreme right and outlines a conceptual framework for explaining the development of this 'political family' and the success or failure of each political party. The volume, extensively revised, expanded, and updated from its original widely acclaimed Italian edition, will be essential reading for all those working on parties and movements in Western Europe.

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Comparative Politics is a series for students and teachers of political science that deals with contemporary issues in comparative government and politics. The General Editors are Max Kaase, Professor of Political Science, Vice President and Dean, School of Humanities and Social Science,International University Bremen, Germany; and Ken...

Piero Ignazi is at University of Bologna.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.71 inPublished:September 25, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction1. Meanings and Varieties of the Right2. From Ideologies to Parties3. Italy: The Faded Beacon the Populist Surge4. Germany: The Spectre that Never Materialized5. France: Prototype of the New Extreme Right6. Austria: Away from Liberalism7. Belgium: Right Extremism and Ethnic Nationalism8. Scandinavia: The Progress Parties Between Protest and Extremism9. The Netherlands: A Fleeting Extreme Right10. Great Britain: A Case of Failure11. The Mediterranean Countries: Too Late for Nostalgia, Too Early for Post-Material Protest12. Extreme Right Parties: The By-Product of a 'Silent Counter Revolution'?Epilogue