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The Mediterranean Countries: Too Late for Nostalgia, Too Early for Post-material Protest

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/10.1093/0198293259.003.0012

Series: Comparative Politics

 The Mediterranean Countries: Too Late for Nostalgia, Too Early for Post-material Protest

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The extreme right never took hold in Spain, Portugal, and Greece. Their relatively new democratic regimes as well as socio-economic change eliminated the foundations of right-extremist values, and distanced the public from its traditional authoritarianism and neo-fascist heritage. Moreover, the extreme right did not provide sufficient organisational and political articulation for the populist anti-system protest during the mid-1980s, thus failing to attract a sizeable audience.

Keywords: Spain; Portugal; Greece; extreme right; authoritarianism; democracy; fascism

Chapter.  4498 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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