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    Book Review: The Populist Radical Right: A Reader edited by Cas Mudde

Book Review: The Populist Radical Right: A Reader edited by Cas Mudde

With The Populist Radical Right: A Reader, editor Cas Mudde brings together seminal social science scholarship on the radical or extreme right in Western democracies produced between the early 1990s to the present day. With a wealth of information that will be of particular use to scholars and students beginning research in this field, the volume will leave readers […]

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    The European Parliament elections show the increasingly fragmented nature of European party systems

The European Parliament elections show the increasingly fragmented nature of European party systems

Most coverage of the European Parliament elections has noted the rise of several far-right and Eurosceptic parties across Europe. Cas Mudde argues, however, that a more important trend was toward increasingly fragmented party systems. Presenting a series of numbers from the elections, he illustrates that ‘big parties’ are experiencing declining vote shares, with a greater number of smaller parties […]

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Contrary to popular opinion, Europe has not seen a sharp rise in far-right support since the start of the crisis.

A common theory is that voters are more likely to transfer their support to far-right political parties during periods of economic crisis. Cas Mudde argues that despite the widespread popularity of this idea, there is little evidence that Europe has actually experienced a shift to the far-right since the beginning of the financial crisis in 2008. He notes that more […]

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The Dutch elections are a victory for pro-European parties, but there is growing opposition to the EU’s bailout policies.

Early results from Wednesday’s elections in the Netherlands show a large fall in support for the radical-right Party for Freedom (PVV), led by Geert Wilders, and gains for the two mainstream parties, the VVD and PvdA. Cas Mudde argues that despite Dutch voters rejecting the broadly Eurosceptic platform of the PVV, Eurosceptic sentiment within the country is growing and the […]

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