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Routledge Studies in Extremism and Democracy


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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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Ideocracies in Comparison Legitimation – Cooptation – Repression

Ideocracies in Comparison: Legitimation – Cooptation – Repression

1st Edition

Edited By Uwe Backes, Steffen Kailitz
December 18, 2017

Ideocracies, or ideological dictatorships, such as the "Third Reich", the Soviet Union and the People’s Republic of China have, much more than any other kinds of autocracy, characterized the history of the 20th century. Despite their undeniable loss of significance, ideocracies have not disappeared...

Radical Religion and Violence Theory and Case Studies

Radical Religion and Violence: Theory and Case Studies

1st Edition

By Jeffrey Kaplan
December 18, 2017

Jeffrey Kaplan has been one of the most influential scholars of new religious movements, extremism and terrorism. His pioneering use of interpretive fieldwork among radical and violent subcultures opened up new fields of scholarship and vastly increased our understanding of the beliefs and ...

Radical Right Parties in Central and Eastern Europe Mainstream Party Competition and Electoral Fortune

Radical Right Parties in Central and Eastern Europe: Mainstream Party Competition and Electoral Fortune

1st Edition

By Bartek Pytlas
December 18, 2017

In Central and Eastern Europe, radical right actors significantly impact public debates and mainstream policy agenda. But despite this high discursive influence, the electoral fortune of radical right parties in the region is much less stable. It has been suggested that this may be due to the fact ...

The Power of Populism Geert Wilders and the Party for Freedom in the Netherlands

The Power of Populism: Geert Wilders and the Party for Freedom in the Netherlands

1st Edition

By Koen Vossen
December 18, 2017

This book discusses the Party for Freedom (PVV), a political party in the Netherlands, founded and led by Geert Wilders. Attaining between 10 and 18% of the votes, the PVV has become one of the largest parties in the Netherlands and is the only political party worldwide without members. Between ...

The Darkest Sides of Politics, II State Terrorism, “Weapons of Mass Destruction,” Religious Extremism, and Organized Crime

The Darkest Sides of Politics, II: State Terrorism, “Weapons of Mass Destruction,” Religious Extremism, and Organized Crime

1st Edition

By Jeffrey M. Bale
October 16, 2017

This book examines a wide array of phenomena that arguably constitute the most noxious, extreme, terrifying, murderous, secretive, authoritarian, and/or anti-democratic aspects of national and international politics. Scholars should not ignore these "dark sides" of politics, however unpleasant they...

The Far Right in America

The Far Right in America

1st Edition

By Cas Mudde
September 29, 2017

This book collects Mudde's old and new blog posts, interviews and op-eds on the topic of the US far right, ranging from right-wing populists to neo-Nazi terrorists. The main emphasis of the book is on the two most important far right developments of the 21st century, the Tea Party and ...

The Darkest Sides of Politics, I Postwar Fascism, Covert Operations, and Terrorism

The Darkest Sides of Politics, I: Postwar Fascism, Covert Operations, and Terrorism

1st Edition

By Jeffrey M. Bale
September 06, 2017

This book examines a wide array of phenomena that arguably constitute the most noxious, extreme, terrifying, murderous, secretive, authoritarian, and/or anti-democratic aspects of national and international politics. Scholars should not ignore these "dark sides" of politics, however unpleasant they...

Catholicism and Nationalism Changing Nature of Party Politics

Catholicism and Nationalism: Changing Nature of Party Politics

1st Edition

By Madalena Meyer Resende
August 15, 2017

This book addresses the adaptation of nationalism to the sharing of sovereignty with other nations in supranational arrangements beyond the state or with nations and nationalities within the state. It compares two cases, Poland and Spain, where the outcome of this processes of transformation ...

Politics of National Identity in Italy Immigration and 'Italianità'

Politics of National Identity in Italy: Immigration and 'Italianità'

1st Edition

By Eva Garau
August 15, 2017

This book focuses on the politics of national identity in Italy. Only a unified country for just over 150 years, Italian national identity is perhaps more contingent than longer established nations such as France or the UK.   The book investigates when, how and why the ...

Populism in Western Europe Comparing Belgium, Germany and The Netherlands

Populism in Western Europe: Comparing Belgium, Germany and The Netherlands

1st Edition

By Teun Pauwels
August 15, 2017

Despite the increasing academic interest in populism, we still lack understanding of individual factors contributing to populist voting. One of the main reasons for this is that populism is almost always attached to other ideologies which makes it difficult to isolate factors. This book draws on ...

Transforming the Transformation? The East European Radical Right in the Political Process

Transforming the Transformation?: The East European Radical Right in the Political Process

1st Edition

By Michael Minkenberg
August 15, 2017

Transforming the transformation? The East European Radical Right in the Political Process examines the significance of radical right parties, along with other organizations, in terms of their involvement in the political process of new democracies. This groundbreaking study highlights firstly the ...

Extreme Right Parties in Scandinavia

Extreme Right Parties in Scandinavia

1st Edition

By Anders Widfeldt
April 04, 2017

This book provides an up-to-date account of extreme right parties in Denmark, Norway and Sweden. It seeks to explain why these parties have grown in support, and in Denmark and Norway reached positions of direct political influence. Following an analytical framework, in which explanatory factors ...

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