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The far right

Halikiopoulou, D. (2021) The far right. In: Carter, N., Keith, D., Sindre, G. and Vasilopoulou, S. (eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Political Parties. Routledge. (In Press)

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Abstract/Summary

This chapter offers an overview of the far right. First, it examines the far right ideological and organisational features, identifying commonalities and also the differences that exist between parties in this broad umbrella category. Second, it examines the far right voter base. Focusing on both contextual and attitudinal characteristics of the far right voter profile, the aim here is to show how the far right electorate has changed over time. Third, the chapter delves into explanations of far right party support broadly categorised into demand (cultural grievances, economic discontent, societal grievances and institutional grievances) and supply-side (political opportunities and discursive opportunities). Fourth it examines the impact far right have had on mainstream politics, both in terms of government participation and policy influence as opposition. The chapter concludes with a short discussion of this phenomenon outside the European context, and the identification of avenues for future research.

Item Type:Book or Report Section
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Politics, Economics and International Relations > Politics and International Relations
ID Code:96741
Publisher:Routledge

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