Austria: Away From Liberalism

Piero Ignazi

in Extreme Right Parties in Western Europe

Published in print May 2003 | ISBN: 9780198293255
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191601903 | DOI:

Series: Comparative Politics

 Austria: Away From Liberalism

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This chapter focuses on the transformation Austria’s FPO political party from a ‘liberalist’ into a right extremist. The party is placed much closer to right extremism rather than liberal-conservatism due to a number of factors. These include its constant de-legitimising of representative democratic institutions, disdain for liberal democratic procedures, distrust for the idea of equality of man, and the appeal to natural community and ethnicity against citizens’ rights.

Keywords: Austria; liberalism; fascism; Lager; political parties; extreme right

Chapter.  7618 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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