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dos Santos, Fabio Luis Barbosa, Cecilia Lero, and Tamás Gerőcs. The Radical Right: Politics of Hate on the Margins of Global Capital. Brill, 2022.


This book discusses five cases of hatred politics on the margins of global capital: Turkey under Erdogan (assumed office in 2003), Hungary under Orbán (assumed office in 2010), India under Modi (assumed office in 2014); the Philippines under Duterte (assumed office in 2016) and Brazil under Bolsonaro (assumed office in 2019). How did they come to power? What strategies of legitimation do they employ? What resistances do they face? Country case studies lay the foundation for a systematic comparison that illuminates the key dynamics of this novel political form. Analyses of their responses to the Covid-19 pandemic further shed light on their methods in a time of crisis and a chapter that considers the Trump presidency indicates how we can understand these leaderships given their pronounced counterpart in the Global North – and vice-versa. This is not a mere collection of texts commissioned from specialists, but the result of a two-year-long collective endeavor: an international taskforce to respond to a global phenomenon.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction: The Radical Right: Politics of Hate on the Margins of Global Capital – Cecilia Lero
  2. Right-Wing Authoritarianism in Turkey – Şefika Kumral
  3. Global Crisis and the Realignment of Eastern European Capitalist Class Alliances: The Case of Hungarian Illiberalism – Tamás Gerőcs & Ágnes Gagyi
  4. Modi’s New India: Hatred, Dispossession, Desperation – Aparna Sundar
  5. Can Democracies Die Democratically? – Rodrigo Duterte in the Philippines – Cecilia Lero
  6. Understanding the Myth: Bolsonaro’s Brazil – Fabio Luis Barbosa dos Santos
  7. Comparisons – Fabio Luis Barbosa dos Santos
  8. The Pandemic as an Opportunity – Daniel Feldmann, Cecilia Lero, Devika Misra, Ágnes Gagyi, Tamás Gerőcs, Ilhan Can Ozen
  9. It Can’t Happen Here: Trump Viewed from the Margins – Daniel Geary

The Illiberalism Studies Program studies the different faces of illiberal politics and thought in today’s world, taking into account the diversity of their cultural context, their intellectual genealogy, the sociology of their popular support, and their implications on the international scene.