The Extreme Right and Social Movement Studies: An Introduction

della Porta and Caiani Wagemann

in Mobilizing on the Extreme Right

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199641260
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738654 | DOI:
The Extreme Right and Social Movement Studies: An Introduction

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Notwithstanding its limited capacity in terms of members and mobilization, the extreme right is perceived as an increasing challenge even in established democracies. On delicate issues such as migration, nationalism, and religious practices, the extreme right has been successful in putting exclusive frames and practices on the agenda, often influencing moderate right-wing and even centre-left parties. While the political parties on the right are well-studied, this is the first volume to address, in a comparative perspective, the social movement organizations on the Extreme Right. In particular, in chapter one, we introduce the main concepts and definitions of the research, presenting our theoretical questions in a cross-country comparison of the extreme right in three countries (Germany, Italy, and the US).

Keywords: social movement studies; political opportunity structure; cultural approach; extreme right organizations; Italy; Germany; United States

Chapter.  8133 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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