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The South European Right in the 21st Century
Italy, France and Spain

Edited By

Jocelyn A.J. Evans

ISBN 9781138982604
Published August 3, 2016 by Routledge
206 Pages

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Book Description

Since the European-wide domination of social democratic governments during the mid- to late-1990s, Right-wing parties have returned to power in the three largest Mediterranean democracies – Italy, France and Spain. This alternation has been symptomatic of growing majoritarianism in Southern Europe, a trend which has gone against much of the rest of the continent, and of a decline in clientelist effectiveness also traditionally seen as the Southern ‘norm’.

This volume assesses the subsequent periods of incumbency of these three governments, considering the salient features of each in their reaction to winning government and implementing policy, given their divergent historical roots and paths to power. In particular, it focuses on the evolving role of perceived extremist elements on the Right, and adaptation to a European arena which imposes a level of continuity on incumbents of whatever hue, attempts to defend national interests notwithstanding. Lastly, it considers the extent to which the swing to the Right has already reached its peak, given the evidence of recent national and regional elections in France and Spain.

Table of Contents

Jocelyn Evans (University of Salford) "Introduction"

The mainstream Right

Gianfranco Pasquino (University of Bologna) "The nature of the Right in Italy"

Florence Haegel (Cevipof / IEP-Paris) "Unity and plurality in the French Right"

Luis Ramiro (University of Murcia) "Party change in the Spanish Right"

The Right in power

Phil Edwards (University of Salford) "Populism and pragmatism in the Berlusconi government"

Raymond Kuhn (Queen Mary College, University of London) "The Raffarin government: a case of campaigning conservatism?"

Mireia Grau Creus (University of Murcia) "Aznar and the Partido Popular governments"

The Right and Europe

Phil Daniels (Newcastle University) Italy and Europe title tbc

Helen Drake (Loughborough University) "The French Right: a perspective on Franco-European relations"

Ivan Llamazares (University of Salamanca) "The Spanish Right and European Integration: re-crafting a Conservative position"

The Extreme Right

Piero Ignazi (University of Bologna) "Passage of witness in the Italian Extreme Right"

Jocelyn Evans (University of Salford) and Gilles Ivaldi (CIDSP, Grenoble) "A bastion of solitude: placing the Front National in the French Right"


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