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Description - Western Democracies and the New Extreme Right Challenge by Roger Eatwell

Should democratic societies ignore extreme right parties or treat them as 'normal' political parties? Is the solution to the extreme right challenge to be found in new laws banning 'hate speeches' or individual parties? To what extent must we search beyond political and legal answers and focus on educational programmes and civil society responses? For long periods western democracy, especially its European form, seemed in danger of eclipse by a series of radical forces, most notably communist and fascist. Yet by the turn of the 1990s, western democracy appeared destined to become the universal governmental norm. However, as we move into the new millennium there are growing signs that extremism is far from dead. In recent years, the extreme right has gathered notable support in many Western countries, such as Austria, France and Italy. Racist violence, initially aimed at 'immigrants', is on the rise, and in the US, and increasingly in Europe, the state itself has become a major target. This book considers the varying trajectories of the 'extreme right' and 'populist' parties and focuses on the problems of responses to these trends, an issue which has hitherto been neglected in academic literature. Based on extensive and original research, this work combines both national specific and comparative chapters to give a detailed picture of the extreme right challenge throughout the western world. Its considered approach to the responses available to democratic governments will prove essential reading to students of European and American Politics and Law. Giovanni Capoccia is Tutorial Fellow in Politics at Magdalen College and Lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford. He is the author of L

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415369718
ISBN-10: 0415369711
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x mm)
Pages: 236
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 20-Nov-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Roger Eatwell

Roger Eatwell is Professor of European Politics at the University of Bath, and specialises in fascism and the contemporary extreme right. Cas Mudde is Associate Professor in the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Georgia, USA, and Researcher in the Center for Research on Extremism (C-REX) at the University of Oslo, Norway.

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