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The extreme right party family

Cas Mudde

in The Ideology of the Extreme Right

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print October 2002 | ISBN: 9780719057939
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700082 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719057939.003.0001
The extreme right party family

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Studies of political parties have been based on a multiplicity of both scholarly and political theories, and have focused on a variety of internal and external aspects. There is a wide variety of definitions, based on an almost as wide variety of criteria, but none can claim general acceptance in the field. However, a consensus can be found in the fact that the political party is to be defined primarily on the basis of its function(s). It is also on this basis that the political party is defined in this study, namely as any political group identified by an official label that places candidates for public office through elections. This chapter introduces the concept of the party family, the study of extreme right parties, putting the extreme right party family to the test, and studying party ideology.

Keywords: party family; political party; extreme right parties; party ideology; elections; public office; political group

Chapter.  11499 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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