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Froio, Caterina. “Gabriella Lazaridis, Giovanna Campani, and Annie Benventiste (eds) The Rise of the Far Right in Europe: Populist Shifts and ‘Othering’London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016, 289 pp.£ 68.00 hbk.” Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism 17, no. 1 (2017): 138-141.


The results of the last European Elections of 2014 confirmed the rise of right and far right ‘populist’ parties across the EU. The success of a range of parties, such as Denmark’s Dansk FolskepartiSlovenia’s Slovenska demokratska stranka, France’s Front National, Greece’s Golden Dawn, the United Kingdom Independence Party, Beppe Grillo’s Five Star Movement in Italy and the Austrian FPÖ, has been perceived as a political wave which is transforming the face of the European Parliament, and challenging at some level the hegemony of the ‘big four’ well-established European political forces that lead the Strasbourg’s assembly: the ALDE, EPP, S&D and Greens/ALE.

Table of contents

  • Introduction
    Annie Benveniste, Giovanna Campani, and Gabriella Lazaridis
  • Neo-fascism from the Twentieth Century to the Third Millennium: The Case of Italy
    Giovanna Campani
  • Far-Right Movements in France: The Principal Role of Front National and the Rise of Islamophobia
    Annie Benveniste and Etienne Pingaud
  • Hegemonic Discourses of Difference and Inequality: Right-Wing Organisations in Austria
    Birgit Sauer and Edma Ajanovic
  • Right-wing Populism in Denmark: People, Nation and Welfare in the Construction of the ‘Other’
    Birte Siim and Susi Meret
  • Populism in the Slovenian Context: Between Ethno-Nationalism and Re-Traditionalisation
    Mojca Pajnik, Roman Kuhar, and Iztok Šori
  • The Post-Communist Rise of National Populism: Bulgarian Paradoxes
    Anna Krasteva
  • Posing for Legitimacy? Identity and Praxis of Far-Right Populism in Greece
    Gabriella Lazaridis and Vasiliki Tsagkroni
  • Majority Identitarian Populism in Britain
    Gabriella Lazaridis and Vasiliki Tsagkroni

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.