Inside the Radical Right: The Development of Anti-Immigrant Parties in Western Europe

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Cambridge University Press, Feb 21, 2011 - Political Science
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What explains the cross-national variation in the radical right's electoral success over the last several decades? Challenging existing structural and institutional accounts, this book analyzes the dynamics of party building and explores the attitudes, skills and experiences of radical right activists in eleven different countries. Based on extensive field research and an original data set of radical right candidates for office, David Art links the quality of radical right activists to broader patterns of success and failure. He demonstrates how a combination of historical legacies and incentive structures produced activists who helped party building in some cases and doomed it in others. In an age of rising electoral volatility and the fading of traditional political cleavages, Inside the Radical Right makes a strong case for the importance of party leaders and activists as masters of their own fate.
  

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Contents

Activists and Party Development
29
Parties of Poor Souls
61
Nationalist Subcultures and the Radical Right
106
Party Transformation and Flash Parties
148
Reforming the Old Right?
189
Conclusion
231
ISCO Codes for Radical Right Candidates
244
Index
263
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About the author (2011)

David Art is Associate Professor of Political Science at Tufts University. He is the author of The Politics of the Nazi Past in Germany and Austria (Cambridge University Press, 2006), as well as articles on the radical right in journals such as Comparative Politics, German Politics and Society and Party Politics. Art is co-convenor of the European Consortium for Political Research's Standing Group on Extremism and Democracy. During 20082009, he was a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute and has been awarded grants from the Fulbright Program, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University.

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