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Mapping the Extreme Right in Contemporary Europe

From Local to Transnational, 1st Edition

Edited by Andrea Mammone, Emmanuel Godin, Brian Jenkins


344 pages | 4 B/W Illus.

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In recent years the revival of the far right and anti-Semitic, racist and fascist organizations has posed a significant threat throughout Europe. Mapping the Extreme Right in Contemporary Europe provides a broad geographical overview of the dominant strands within the contemporary radical right in both Western and Eastern Europe.

After providing some local and regional perspectives, the book has a series of national case studies of particular countries and regions including: Austria, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Eastern Europe, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Romania, Scandinavia, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and the United Kingdom. A series of thematic chapters examine transnational phenomena such as the use of the Internet, the racist music scene, cultural transfers and interaction between different groups.

Drawing together a wide range of contributors, this is essential reading for all those with an interest in contemporary extremism, fascism and comparative party politics.


‘This study is distinctive in being grounded in a wide array of empirically well documented case studies. It integrates in a convincing explanation multiple causal factors, illustrating the specific interaction of the local, national and supra-national determinants of right wing extremism and its manifestations.’

Carlo Ruzza, Professor of Political Sociology, University of Leicester, UK.

‘This is the most interesting and comprehensive collection of articles on the radical right to appear in many years. The authors, from Europe, the United States, Mexico, Turkey and Canada, include scholars who have been writing on this subject for many years, as well as a group of new and clearly talented young scholars. These excellent contributions could not be timelier.’

Martin A. Schain, Professor of Politics, New York University, USA.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Mapping the ‘Right of the Mainstream Right’ in Contemporary Europe Andrea Mammone, Emmanuel Godin and Brian Jenkins Part 1: Local and Regional Perspectives 1. Backlash in the ‘Hood’: Exploring Support for the British National Party (BNP) at Local Level Matthew J. Goodwin 2. After Colonialism: Local Politics and Far-Right Affinities in a City of Southern France John Veugelers 3. Placing the Extremes: Cityscape, Ethnic ‘Others’, and Young Right Extremists in East Berlin Nitzan Shoshan 4. Extreme-Right Discourse in Belgium: A Comparative Regional Approach JérômeJamin 5. Regionalism, Right-wing Extremism, Populism: The Elusive Nature of the Lega Nord Giorgia Bulli and Filippo Tronconi Part 2: The Southern European Extreme Right after Dictatorships 6. The Portuguese Radical Right in the Democratic Period Riccardo Marchi 7. The Spanish Extreme Right: From Neo-Francoism to Xenophobic Discourse José L.Rodríguez Jiménez 8. LAOS and the Greek Far Right since 1974 Antonis A. Ellinas Part 3: The Extreme Right In Post-Communism Context 9. The Extreme Right in Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia Věra Stojarová 10. Extreme-Right Paramilitary Units in Eastern Europe Miroslav Mareš and Richard Stojar 11. Extreme-Right Parties in Romania after 1990: Incumbency, Organisation and Success Gabriela Borz 12. Anti-Semitism and the Extreme Right in Contemporary Ukraine Per Rudling Part 4: National and Comparative Perspectives: A Challenge to 'Exceptionalism'? 13. Challenging the Exceptionalist View: Favourable Conditions for Radical Right-Wing Populism in Switzerland Damir Skenderovic 14. Turkish Extreme Right in Office: Whither Democracy and Democratisation? Ekin Burak Arikan 15. Scandinavian Right-Wing Parties: Diversity more than Convergence? Marie Demker 16. Downside after the Summit: Factors in Extreme-Right Party Decline in France and Austria Michelle Hale Williams Part 5: From 'Local' to 'Transnational 17. Rights, Roots, and Routes: Local and Transnational Contexts of Extreme-Right Movements in Contemporary Malta Mark-Anthony Falzon and Mark Micallef 18. Cross-national Ideology in Local Elections: The case of Azione Sociale and the British National Party Andrea Mammone and Timothy Peace 19. The Transfer of Ideas along a Cultural Gradient: the Influence of the European New Right on Aleksandr Panarin’s New Eurasianism Marina Peunova 20. Trans European Trends in Right-Wing Extremism Michael Whine

About the Editors

Andrea Mammone is a Lecturer in Modern European History at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK.

Emmanuel Godin is Principal Lecturer in the School of Languages and Area Studies at the University of Portsmouth, UK.

Brian Jenkins is a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of French at the University of Leeds, UK. He co-edits the Journal of Contemporary European Studies.

About the Series

Extremism and Democracy

This series covers academic studies within the broad fields of ‘extremism’ and ‘democracy’, with volumes focusing on adjacent concepts such as populism, radicalism, and ideological/religious fundamentalism. These topics have been considered largely in isolation by scholars interested in the study of political parties, elections, social movements, activism, and radicalisation in democratic settings. A key focus of the series, therefore, is the (inter-)relation between extremism, radicalism, populism, fundamentalism, and democracy. Since its establishment in 1999, the series has encompassed both influential contributions to the discipline and informative accounts for public debate. Works will seek to problematise the role of extremism, broadly defined, within an ever-globalising world, and/or the way social and political actors can respond to these challenges without undermining democratic credentials.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General