The Extreme Right, Populism, and Politics

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, Populism, and Politics

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The recent rise and electoral successes of extreme right movements around Europe have often been explained by the crisis of representation suffered by many Western European democracies as well as, on the supply side, by the ability of populist radical right parties to exploit it and build populist discourses against the elites. This issue is addressed in chapter 10, where the analysis focuses on the rather exclusive vision that characterizes the framing of “the people” by the extreme right, reflecting a strongly hierarchical and elitist conception of society. Indeed, not only corrupt political elites, but also other groups such as particular ethnic minorities and political adversaries (both national and non-national) are excluded from what is considered as the true people according to the extreme right.

Keywords: Populism; elitism; vision of society; definition of people; political system

Chapter.  6819 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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