Policy Responses to the Radical Right in France and Germany: Public Actors, Policy Frames, and Decision-Making, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Policy Responses to the Radical Right in France and Germany

Public Actors, Policy Frames, and Decision-Making, 1st Edition

By Bénédicte Laumond


272 pages | 4 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2020-03-26
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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.

Table of Contents


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 processes and outcomes


About the Author

Bénédicte Laumond is a 2018- 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.

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 / Political Ideologies / General