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Germany: The Spectre That Never Materialized

Piero Ignazi

in Extreme Right Parties in Western Europe

Published in print May 2003 | ISBN: 9780198293255
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191601903 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198293259.003.0005

Series: Comparative Politics

 Germany: The Spectre That Never Materialized

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This chapter examines the development of right-extremism in Germany. It identifies a third wave of right extremism, which reflects the latent needs of a society emerging from structural/economic and value modification. The emergence of a ‘new axis of conflict,’ representing a non-material agenda ranging from national identity to authoritarianism, from xenophobia to moral traditionalism, has provided a non-ephemeral base on consent for the extreme right. Despite the failure of the extreme right in the electoral arena, it is still present in street level activity, especially in the East.

Keywords: Germany; right-extremism; political system; political parties; ideology

Chapter.  9585 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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