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Routledge Studies in Extremism and Democracy

About the Series

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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Mapping the Extreme Right in Contemporary Europe From Local to Transnational

Mapping the Extreme Right in Contemporary Europe: From Local to Transnational

1st Edition

Edited By Andrea Mammone, Emmanuel Godin, Brian Jenkins
June 20, 2012

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 ...

Uncivil Society? Contentious Politics in Post-Communist Europe

Uncivil Society?: Contentious Politics in Post-Communist Europe

1st Edition

Edited By Petr Kopecky, Cas Mudde
April 11, 2012

This volume makes a significant contribution to the debate about the development of post-communist civil society by focusing on its alleged 'dark side', i.e., on the groups that are excluded from 'civil society' on both conceptual and normative grounds. The chapters, written by specialists in the ...

Confronting Right Wing Extremism and Terrorism in the USA

Confronting Right Wing Extremism and Terrorism in the USA

1st Edition

By George Michael
March 29, 2012

This book examines the response to right-wing extremism in the US from both the government and non-governmental organisations. It provides a detailed portrait of the contemporary extreme right in the US including interviews with several of the movement's leading figures from groups such as the Ku ...

The Populist Radical Right in Poland The Patriots

The Populist Radical Right in Poland: The Patriots

1st Edition

By Rafal Pankowski
September 14, 2011

In this important and accessible study, Rafal Pankowski makes sense of the rapid growth of organized radical nationalism on the political level in Poland by showing its origins, its internal dynamics and the historical, political, social and cultural context that has made it possible. From ...

Political Extremes A conceptual history from antiquity to the present

Political Extremes: A conceptual history from antiquity to the present

1st Edition

By Uwe Backes
September 13, 2011

The Western tradition of the constitutional state, with its ancient roots, defines political extremes as the epitome of that what must be absolutely rejected. It highlights tyranny, despotism, despotic rule, non-autonomy, ruthless enforcing of interests as ‘extreme’, contrasting this to a virtuous ...

New British Fascism Rise of the British National Party

New British Fascism: Rise of the British National Party

1st Edition

By Matthew J Goodwin
June 09, 2011

The British National Party (BNP) is the most successful far right party in British political history. Based on unprecedented access to the party and its members, this book examines the rise of the BNP and explains what drives some citizens to support far right politics. It is essential reading for ...

Re-inventing the Italian Right Territorial politics, populism and 'post-fascism'

Re-inventing the Italian Right: Territorial politics, populism and 'post-fascism'

1st Edition

By Stefano Fella, Carlo Ruzza
March 14, 2011

Following his third election victory in 2008, the Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was the most controversial head of government in the EU. This is a cogent examination of the Berlusconi phenomenon, exploring the success and development of the new populist right-wing coalition in Italy ...

Anti-Political Establishment Parties A Comparative Analysis

Anti-Political Establishment Parties: A Comparative Analysis

1st Edition

By Amir Abedi
May 14, 2009

Recent electoral success of the Freedom Party in Austria, List Pim Fortuyn in The Netherlands, the People's Party in Denmark and the National Front in France have demonstrated the appeal of parties that challenge the political establishment. This book seeks to explain why these parties have ...

Ecological Politics and Democratic Theory The Challenge to the Deliberative Ideal

Ecological Politics and Democratic Theory: The Challenge to the Deliberative Ideal

1st Edition

By Mathew Humphrey
April 29, 2009

This volume examines the reasons why some despair at the prospects for an ecological form of democracy, and challenges the recent ‘deliberative turn’ in environmental political thought. Deliberative democracy has become popular for those seeking a reconciliation of these two forms of politics. ...

Western Democracies and the New Extreme Right Challenge

Western Democracies and the New Extreme Right Challenge

1st Edition

Edited By Roger Eatwell, Cas Mudde
April 29, 2009

By the turn of the 1990s, Western democracy appeared destined to become the universal governmental norm. However, as we move into the new millennium there are growing signs that extremism is far from dead. In recent years, the extreme right has gathered notable support in many Western countries, ...

Extreme Right Activists in Europe Through the magnifying glass

Extreme Right Activists in Europe: Through the magnifying glass

1st Edition

By Bert Klandermans, Nonna Mayer
March 29, 2009

Since the 1980s, one of the main political changes in Western Europe has been the electoral upsurge of extreme right-wing parties. However, while the electoral support of these movements has been studied extensively, their membership has largely been ignored. This book examines who joins the ...

Political Parties and Terrorist Groups

Political Parties and Terrorist Groups

2nd Edition

By Leonard Weinberg, Ami Pedahzur, Arie Perliger
December 24, 2008

This book is the definitive guide to the topical issue of the relationship between political parties that embrace the democratic process and terrorist groups which eschew the legal and procedural strictures of democracy. The fully revised edition continues to provide the most detailed theoretical ...

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