Impact of Extreme Right Parties on Immigration Policy

Comparing Britain, France and Italy

By Joao Carvalho

© 2014 – Routledge

252 pages

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Hardback: 9780415814041
pub: 2013-09-10
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About the Book

Drawing on a mixed research methodology with a strong qualitative character, this book traces the political impact of the British National Party in the UK, the Front National in France and the Lega Nord in Italy by exploring their contagion effects on immigration politics and policy in particular over the patterns of inter-party competition, public behaviour and policy developments.

This book suggests that extreme right party impact on immigration politics and policy is an outcome of the extreme right parties’ electoral threats to established parties alongside the agency of mainstream political elites. It also highlights the decline in the intensity of extreme right parties’ contagion effects on public attitudes to immigration throughout the late 2000s or the potential overstatement of this political process in the past.

Featuring detailed case studies of the UK, France and Italy as three mature multi-party democracies where the extreme right was on the rise during the past decade, this work will be of great interest to students and scholars of populism, extremism, European politics and comparative and party politics.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction, Chapter 2. Research methods and the ERP party-family, Chapter 3. Case selection and background, Chapter 4. The BNP impact on British immigration politics and policy, Chapter 5. The FN impact on French immigration politics and policy Chapter 6. The LN impact on Italian immigration politics and policy Chapter 7. Conclusions

About the Author

João Carvalho is a post-doctoral researcher at the Governance, Competitiveness and Public Policies Research Centre of the University of Aveiro, Portugal.

About the Series

Extremism and Democracy

This new series encompasses academic studies within the broad fields of 'extremism' and 'democracy'. These topics have traditionally been considered largely in isolation by academics. A key focus of the series, therefore, is the (inter-) relation between extremism and democracy. Works will seek to answer questions such as to what extent extremist groups pose a major threat to democratic parties, or how can democracy respond to extremism without undermining its own democratic credentials?

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