The Extreme Right in Europe

By Paul Hainsworth

© 2007 – Routledge

164 pages

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About the Book

The Extreme Right in Western Europe is a concise introduction to one of the most persistent facets of late twentieth-century history, politics and society.

The legacy of the Nazi era and the increasingly unacceptable face of extremism all militated against the success of far right-wing parties after World War Two. Nevertheless, contemporary problems and the solutions offered to ever more difficult questions such as immigration, unemployment, and law and order have enabled extremist, nationalist and populist movements to emerge.

Focusing on a range of countries including France, Italy, Germany, the UK, Austria, Belgium and the Mediterranean region, Paul Hainsworth:

    • explores the concept of right-wing extremism
    • discusses the varying success of extreme right political parties in Western Europe
    • examines the policies and perspectives of these parties
    • analyses the profile of the extreme right’s electorate
    • assesses the impact of right-wing extremism on aspects of politics in contemporary Western Europe.

This accessible and up-to-date analysis of this enduring movement in Western Europe is a must for courses in history, politics and European studies.

Reviews

'The analysis is crystal-clear throughout, while at the same time not 'dumbing down' the many debates in the field…a concise introduction to one of the most vibrant subfields in European Politics.' Party Politcs

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Extreme Rightism 2. Success at the Polls: From Marginalisation to Ascendancy to Outcomes 3. Fluctuations on the Extreme Right 4. Ideology, Discourse and Policies 5. Voters and Voting 6. Impact Conclusion. Bibliography. Index

About the Author

Paul Hainsworth is Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland. He is the editor of The Extreme Right in Europe and the USA (1992) and The Politics of the Extreme Right: From the Margins to the Mainstream (2000).

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS000000
HISTORY / General
HIS037000
HISTORY / World
POL010000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory