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The Far Right in America

1st Edition

By Cas Mudde


132 pages

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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 Donald Trump. Primarily aimed at a non-academic audience,the book explains terminology, clarifies the key organizations and people and their relationship to (liberal) democracy.

Table of Contents



1. Definitions: the various shades of the US far right

2. A short history of the far right in America

3. The Tea Party paradox

4. Wisconsin’s Sikh massacre: the real danger

5. America’s new revolutionaries

6. America’s election and the Tea Party

7. Is the Revolution eating its children? The US Tea Party, between AstroTurf and grassroots

8. The Green Scare: Why Islamophobia is the new Red Scare

9. The Trump phenomenon and the European populist radical right

10. The power of populism? Not really!

11. Is the GOP a radical right party?

12. Will Donald Trump transform the (far) right in the US?

13. Trump: The Great White Hope

14. A Talk with Cas Mudde on American and European populism

15. The far right has arrived… and it could take Washington!

16. The revenge of the losers of globalization? Brexit, Trump and globalization

17. Stop using the term "alt-right’!

18. Why is American political science blind on the right eye?

19. Did Trump really hijack the GOP?

20. The latest Trump (and GOP and media) fiasco in nine points

21. Brexit, Trump, and five (wrong) lessons about ‘the populist challenge’

22. Keeping it real in Trump’s America

23. The far right in a Trump world

24. Donald Trump is an American original

25. Trumpism: normal pathology or pathological normalcy?

26. Donald Trump and the silent counter-revolution

27. What’s the matter with America? Trump and the multidimensionality of politics

28. Did Trump prove US political science wrong?

29. The politics of nostalgia

30. 2016 and the five stages of liberal denial

31. We are thinking about populism wrong. And it’s costing us

32. The Trump presidency: the radical right in power?

33. What to read on Trump(ism)


About the Author

Cas Mudde is Associate Professor in the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Georgia, USA, and Researcher in the Center for Research on Extremism (C-REX) at the University of Oslo, Norway.

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 / Democracy
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process / Elections
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process / Political Parties
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process / Leadership
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Conservatism & Liberalism
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Fascism & Totalitarianism
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Radicalism