The Context of the Extreme Right

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 Context of the Extreme Right

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Chapter 3 introduces to the political, social and cultural opportunities for the extreme right in Germany, Italy and the United States, pointing at the mix of similarities and differences between the three countries. As the authors explain, Germany and Italy were chosen within a ‘most similar’ logic, where the cases under examination share similarities in most of their characteristics, but some differences in our set of dependent variables (the frames, networks and actions of the extremist right), which are then explained by some contextual differences. The addition of the rather different case of the US extreme right aimed at testing the generalizability of some descriptive and causal inferences that emerged in the previous comparison.

Keywords: political opportunity structure; political system; legal provisions; cultural opportunities; galaxy of the extreme right OR types of extreme right groups

Chapter.  7496 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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