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Radical Right Movement Parties in Europe

1st Edition

Edited by Manuela Caiani, Ondřej Císař


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This book provides state of the art research by leading experts on the movement parties of the radical right. It examines the theoretical implications and empirical relevance of these organizations, comparing movement parties in time and space in Europe and beyond.

The editors provide a theoretical introduction to radical right movement parties, discussing analytical frameworks for interpreting their causes, forms, and effects. In the subsequent sections of the book, chapter authors examine a range of empirical case studies in Western, Central, and Eastern Europe, using a combination of qualitative and quantitative methodological approaches, and make a significant contribution to the literature on social movements and party politics.

This book is essential reading for scholars of European party politics and students in European politics, social movements, comparative politics, and political sociology.


In this timely book Manuela Caiani and Ondrej Císar successfully develop a thoughtful and ambitious framework for analyzing the interaction between radical right-wing party politics and social movement mobilization, which is substantiated in empirically rich chapters. An important contribution that should be read widely. – Jens Rydgren, Professor of Sociology, Stockholm University, Sweden.

Social movement studies have mainly addressed progressive movements. Focusing on the concept of movement parties, this interesting collection shows however that the toolkit of concepts and theories developed in the analysis of contentious politics can be usefully adapted to understand the contemporary challenges of regressive actors. – Donatella della Porta, Director of Centre of Social Movement Studies, Scuola Normale Superiore, Italy.

By focusing on the movement qualities of radical right parties in West and East as well as party-movement interactions, this theoretically inspiring and empirically rich volume adds a significant piece of research to the comparative study of radical right politics in Europe. – Michael Minkenberg, European University Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder), Germany.

Table of Contents

Part 1 - Theory Part


Chapter 2. Movements, Parties, and ‘Movement-Parties’ of the Radical Right: Towards a Unified Approach? (Manuela Caiani and Ondrej Cisar)

Part 2 - Western Europe

Chapter 3. Alternative für Deutschland: from the street to the Parliament? (Jakob Schwörer)

Chapter 4. UKIP and the UK’s radical right: A tale of movement party success? (Jeanne Hanna and Joel Busher)

Chapter 5. Still a radical right movement party? Political opportunities, party strategy and the cultural context of the Front National in France(Gilles Ivaldi and Gilles Frigoli)

Chapter 6. Neo-Fascist movement parties in Italy. The extreme right between electoral and protest politics (Pietro Castelli Gattinara)

Chapter 7. From indignation to power. The genesis of the Independent Greeks (Maik Fielitz)

Chapter 8. Remaining on the Streets: Anti-Islamic PEGIDA Mobilization and its Relationship to Far Right Party Politics (Lars Erik Berntzen and Manès Weisskircher)

Chapter 9. The Relationship Between a Movement Party and Its Radical Flank: The Sweden Democrats and the Militant Factions Within the Swedish Neo-Nazi Ultra Nationalist Movement (Abby Peterson)

Part 3 - Central and Eastern Europe

Chapter 10. Jobbik and the crafting of a new Hungarian far-right (Andrea Pirro)

Chapter 11. Poland: Working in the gaps left behind: radical right movement parties in a consolidating party system (Ben Stanley)

Chapter 12. For the People, by the People? The Czech Radical and Populist Right after the Refugee Crisis (Ondrej Cisar and Jiri Navratil)

Chapter 13. Slovakia: Radicalization of Radical Right: Nativist movements and parties in the Slovak political process (Olga Gyarfasova)

Chapter 14. From Streets to Seats? Comparing Movement-Parties in Southeast Europe: The cases of Kosovo and Macedonia(Ivan Stefanovski and Alma Vardari)

Chapter 15. Conclusion: Movements vs. parties, movements and parties, movements or parties? Types of interactions within the radical right (Manuela Caiani and Ondrej Cisar)

About the Editors

Manuela Caiani is Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science and Sociology of the Scuola Normale Superiore (SNS) of Florence. Her research interests focus on: Radical Right, Populism, Europeanization and social movements, political mobilization and the Internet, qualitative methods of social research, political violence, and terrorism.

Ondrej Císar is Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University, Prague, and is also affiliated to the Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences. He is editor-in-chief of the Czech edition of Czech Sociological Review. His research focus is on political mobilization, social movements, and political sociology.

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 / Nationalism
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Fascism & Totalitarianism