Extreme Right Parties: The By-product of a ‘Silent Counter-revolution’?

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

 Extreme Right Parties: The By-product of a ‘Silent Counter-revolution’?

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The extreme right grew significantly in the last two decades of the 20th century, as evidenced by the advent of new parties, rise of formerly small and marginal organisations, and radicalisation of former ‘moderate-conservative’ parties. The most striking feature of the present ‘wave’ of right extremism is the dispersion of extreme right parties across Europe, compared to its concentration in Italy and Germany in the previous decades. Although majority of these parties reject any reference to fascism, their ideological core contains elements depicting a right extremist ideology or ‘mentality.’

Keywords: extreme right; political parties; Europe; fascism; ideology

Chapter.  9837 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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