Political Extremism in Democracies: Combating Intolerance by William M. DownsPolitical Extremism in Democracies: Combating Intolerance by William M. Downs

Political Extremism in Democracies: Combating Intolerance

byWilliam M. Downs

Hardcover | June 8, 2012

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When political 'extremists' - organized into parties that compete openly and successfully in democratic elections - enter the conventional institutional arena, how do mainstream actors react? This book deals with understanding how democracies respond to party-based extremism and with what consequences.
WILLIAM M. DOWNS Associate Dean for Social and Behavioral Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences, an Associate Professor of Political Science, and the co-director of the Center for Human Rights and Democracy at Georgia State University, USA. He is the author ofCoalition Government, Subnational Style: Multiparty Politics in Europe...
Title:Political Extremism in Democracies: Combating IntoleranceFormat:HardcoverDimensions:238 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.75 inPublished:June 8, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0230340792

ISBN - 13:9780230340794


Table of Contents

Pariahs in their Midst: Organized Extremism and the Problem of Tolerance in Contemporary Democracies  Ignore, Isolate, Co-Opt, Collaborate or Ban? Mapping Strategic Responses to Pariah Parties  Determinants of Democratic Defensiveness  Is the Cordon Sanitaire Effective?  The Moderating Effects of Incumbency? Responding to Political Extremism Without Succumbing to It Ban the Bans, but Guard the Threshold? 'Lessons' from Old to New Democracies

Editorial Reviews

"Downs offers an original perspective on a classic yet timely paradox faced by liberal democracies: the degree to which the political system should tolerate parties that are not themselves tolerant of political or social pluralism. While the empirical examples are focused on extremist parties in Europe, the conceptual framework clearly extends beyond these particular cases to both fledgling and established democracies." - Benjamin Bowyer, Civic Engagement Research Group, Mills College