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The Extreme Right in Western Europe

Elisabeth Carter

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780719070488
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701966 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719070488.001.0001
The Extreme Right in Western Europe

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Parties of the extreme Right have experienced a dramatic rise in electoral support in many countries in Western Europe over the last two and a half decades. This phenomenon has been far from uniform, however, and the considerable attention that the more successful right-wing extremist parties have received has sometimes obscured the fact that these parties have not recorded high electoral results in all West European democracies. Furthermore, their electoral scores have also varied over time, with the same party recording low electoral scores in one election but securing high electoral scores in another. This book examines the reasons behind the variation in the electoral fortunes of the West European parties of the extreme right in the period since the late 1970s. It proposes a number of different explanations as to why certain parties of the extreme right have performed better than others at the polls and it investigates each of these different explanations systematically and in depth.

Keywords: extreme right; electoral support; Western Europe; extremist parties; West European democracies; electoral scores; polls; right wing; electoral results; late 1970s

Book.  288 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: European Union

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Party ideology in The Extreme Right in Western Europe

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Party organization and leadership in The Extreme Right in Western Europe

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Party competition in The Extreme Right in Western Europe

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The institutional environment in The Extreme Right in Western Europe

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Accounting for varying electoral fortunes in The Extreme Right in Western Europe

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