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Rydgren, Jens, ed. The Oxford handbook of the radical right. Oxford University Press, 2018.


The resurgence of strong radical right-wing parties and movements constitutes one of the most significant political changes in democratic states during the past several decades, particularly in Europe. This resurgence has attracted interest from political scientists, sociologists, historians, and other scholars, most of whose research focuses on party and electoral politics. This book covers that literature, focuses on how the radical right manifests itself as movements rather than parties, and include a number of case studies both in Europe and beyond. The chapters cover concepts and definitions; ideologies and discourses; a range of contemporary issues including religion, globalization, gender, and activism; and cases such as France, Russia, the United States, Australia, Israel, and Japan. By integrating various strands of scholarship on the radical right, the book provides an authoritative and state-of-the-art overview of the topic and sets the agenda for future scholarship on the radical right for years to come.

Table of contents

  • The Radical Right: An Introduction
    Jens Rydgren
  • Part I Ideology and Discourse
    • The Radical Right and Nationalism
      Tamir Bar-On
    • The Radical Right and Islamophobia
      Aristotle Kallis
    • The Radical Right and Antisemitism
      Ruth Wodak
    • The Radical Right and Populism
      Hans-Georg Betz
    • The Radical Right and Fascism
      Nigel Copsey
    • The Radical Right and Euroskepticism
      Sofia Vasilopoulou
  • Part II Issues
    • Explaining Electoral Support for the Radical Right
      Kai Arzheimer
    • Party Systems and Radical Right-Wing Parties
      Herbert Kitschelt
    • Gender and the Radical Right
      Hilde Coffé
    • Globalization, Cleavages, and the Radical Right
      Simon Bornschier
    • Party Organization and the Radical Right
      David Art
    • Charisma and the Radical Right
      Roger Eatwell
    • Media and the Radical Right
      Antonis A. Ellinas
    • The Non-Party Sector of the Radical Right
      John Veugelers and Gabriel Menard
    • The Political Impact of the Radical Right
      Michelle Hale Williams
    • The Radical Right as Social Movement Organizations
      Manuela Caiani and Donatella della Porta
    • Youth and the Radical Right
      Cynthia Miller-Idriss
    • Religion and the Radical Right
      Michael Minkenberg
    • Radical Right Cross-National Links and International Cooperation
      Manuela Caiani
    • Political Violence and the Radical Right
      Leonard Weinberg and Eliot Assoudeh
  • Part III Case Studies
    • The Radical Right in France
      Nonna Mayer
    • The Radical Right in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland
      Uwe Backes
    • The Radical Right in Belgium and the Netherlands
      Joop J. M. van Holsteyn
    • The Radical Right in Southern Europe
      Carlo Ruzza
    • The Radical Right in the United Kingdom
      Matthew J. Goodwin and James Dennison
    • The Radical Right in the Nordic Countries
      Anders Widfeldt
    • The Radical Right in Eastern Europe
      Lenka Buštíková
    • The Radical Right in Post-Soviet Russia
      Richard Arnold and Andreas Umland
    • The Radical Right in Post-Soviet Ukraine
      Melanie Mierzejewski-Voznyak
    • The Radical Right in the United States of America
      Christopher Sebastian Parker
    • The Radical Right in Australia
      Andy Fleming and Aurelien Mondon
    • The Radical Right in Israel
      Arie Perliger and Ami Pedahzur
    • The Radical Right in Japan
      Naoto Higuchi

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