1st Edition

Policy Responses to the Radical Right in France and Germany Public Actors, Policy Frames, and Decision-Making

By Bénédicte Laumond Copyright 2020
    240 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    240 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Based on research fieldwork conducted in France and Germany, this study seeks to explain how public actors have taken part in the regulation of the expression of right-wing radicalism.

    The author compares these two neighbouring countries which have framed the struggle against right-wing radicalism differently. German political and state actors have constructed a public policy responding to political radicalism, whilst in France, the radical right is primarily handled in the political arena. The text evaluates how these two Western European democracies address the paradox of tolerance (i.e. the fact that liberal democracies may restrain rights they value, such as freedom of speech, in order to repress intolerant forces that threaten democracy).

    This book is core reading for scholars and students interested in the spread of far-right politics in contemporary democracies.

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    1 Responding to right-wing radicalism: a policy matter

    2 The radical right and its opponents in France and Germany: contextualisation and evolutions (1950–2017)

    3 Towards the identification of national frames of responses to right-wing radicalism

    4 Towards the identification of multiple frames among actors responding to the radical right: between ideas, institutions, and interests

    5 The decision-making process of policy responses to the radical right

    6 Banning right-wing extremist associations in France and Germany: decision-making process and outcomes




    Bénédicte Laumond is a post-doctoral fellow on the French-German Joint Project (ANR-DFG) Penal Cultures in France and Germany and a lecturer at the University of Versailles, France.