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Transforming the Transformation?

The East European Radical Right in the Political Process, 1st Edition

By Michael Minkenberg


376 pages | 18 B/W Illus.

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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 radical right’s interaction with other political actors, such as parties, governments and interest groups, in their respective countries. Secondly, the contributors analyze the effects of such interaction with regard to agenda setting and policies in "loaded" policy fields, namely minorities and immigration, law and order, religion, territorial issues and democratization. Through an examination of the role of radical right actors in political processes and an assessment of the resulting measurable outcomes, this book shows how policies, election results and regime changes indicate shifts away from the liberal-democratic order institutionalized in the course of post-Communist transformation.

Offering a unique cross-national comparison of particular facets and themes, as well as in-depth analysis of country cases, this book will be of interest to undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as scholars, of European politics and far right studies.

Table of Contents

Introduction, Michael Minkenberg PART I CONTEXTS AND CONCEPTS1. Transforming Transformation Theory, Klaus von Beyme 2. Profiles, Patterns, Process: Studying the East European Radical Right in Its Political Environment, Michael Minkenberg PART II COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVES 3. The Democratization of Hostility: Minorities and Radical Right Actors after the Fall of Communism, Lenka Bustikova 4.The Populist Radical Right Parties in the Political Process: Assessing Party Impact in Central and Eastern Europe, Andrea L. P. Pirro 5.Lighting the Fuse: the Impact of Radical Right Parties on Party Competition in Central and Eastern Europe, Bartek Pytlas and Oliver Kossack 6. The Impact of Radical Right Parties in the Baltic States, Daunis Auers and Andres Kasekamp PART III COUNTRY CASES: EAST CENTRAL EUROPE 7. The Radical Right in Poland—from the Mainstream to the Margins. A Case of Interconnectivity, Dominika Kasprowicz 8. Transforming Hungary—Together? An Analysis of the FIDESZ-Jobbik Relationship, Péter Krekó and Gregor Mayer 9.The Impact of the Czech Radical Right on Transformation and (De)Consolidation of Democracy after 1989, Miroslav Mareš 10.Actors, Agenda, and Appeals of the Radical Nationalist Right in Slovakia, Oľga Gyárfášová and Grigorij Mesežnikov PART IV COUNTRY CASES: BALKAN AND BEYOND 11. The Emergence of a New Radical Right Power: the Romanian Orthodox Church, Gabriel Andreescu 12.‘Righting It Up’: an Interplay-based Model for Analyzing Extreme Right Dynamics in Romania, Radu Cinpoes 13. The Bulgarian Radical Right: Marching Up from the Margins, Kiril Avramov 14. Parties and Subcultures in the Process of Mobilization: the Internal Dynamics of the Radical Right in Ukraine, Alina Polyakova 15.Conclusions: Actors, Interaction, and Impact in Comparison, Michael Minkenberg, with Oliver Kossack

About the Author

Michael Minkenberg is Professor of Comparative Political Science at European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder), Germany.

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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