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Key messages Even in the egalitarian context of the Nordic countries, the gender gap in radical right voting remains significant. Gendered differences in anti-immigrant sentiment are a powerful predictor of the size of the gender gap in radical right voting. The rise of single-issue voting is a double-edged sword for the radical right: it attracts men and alienates women. Introduction The past decades of political realignment and crises have opened space for a new family of parties united by xenophobic ethnonationalism and anti

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Author: Peter Westoby

for right-wing national populists (Schultz, 2017 : 9). The point of saying this in the introduction to this chapter is that in my rethinking community development’s response to contemporary right-wing populism, I am endeavouring to be ‘data-driven’, rather than ideologically driven, which implies interrogating myths, easy tropes and unsound ideas. But data-driven does not imply value neutrality either. In doing this, I have pondered, mused, wandered and gone down many cul-de-sacs, but have eventually tried to craft a pragmatic yet radical response for

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Author: Marius Taba

Introduction The chapter explores the rise of radical-right populism and authoritarianism and the implications for Roma. It critiques and seeks to refashion the strategies and frames used by anti-racists and Romani rights champions ranged against antigypsyism in a way that will enhance the potential for intersectional solidarity, dialogue and alignment with the concept of a New Social Europe (for a discussion of this concept, see Chapter One ). This chapter argues for legal protections and human rights to be defended and upheld. However, the narrative

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Authors: Ruud Fiers and Jasper Muis

it horrible if women wear short skirts, people who don’t want gays to walk hand in hand, if we don’t do something about it, the Netherlands will disappear, then we will lose our country. 1 (Geert Wilders, leader of the Party for Freedom, during Dutch parliamentary debate in 2016) This quote illustrates how some parties of the European populist radical right (PRR) invoke gay rights and women’s emancipation. According to Brubaker (2017) , this new way of talking about ‘defending the nation’, which he calls ‘civilisationism’, is most distinctive and visible in the

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Author: Terri E. Givens

politicians like Boris Johnson of the British Conservative Party, and the Bavarian Christian Democrats who wanted to set up detention centers on the southern border of Germany. The politics of White supremacy were on full display in the second decade of the 21st century. The success of far-right parties, increased violence toward ethnic, racial, and religious minorities, and more restrictive policies on immigration were impacting politics on both sides of the Atlantic. In this chapter, I discuss my ongoing work on radical right parties in Europe, the shifting discourses

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Author: Alessia Donà

traditional family. To conclude, Italy is governed by a typical populist radical-right party, with Christianity deployed as an identity marker. The party’s radicalisation has been visible in many ways: first, Salvini’s use of religious symbols (that is, swearing on the Gospel and kissing a rosary) to reinforce the community’s identity; second, the definition of a policy agenda that focuses on the traditional family and the promotion of natality; and, third, the adoption of populist positions designed to defend ‘us, the good common people’, against ‘them, the others’, who

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Laclau and Mouffe’s Project of Radical Democracy in the 21st Century
Editor: Stuart Sim

The world has changed dramatically since the emergence of post-Marxism, and a reassessment is needed to determine its significance in the modern world.

First published as a special issue of Global Discourse, this book explores the theoretical position of post-Marxism and investigates its significance in recent, global political developments such as Brexit, Trump and the rise of the far right. With valuable insights from international contributors across a range of disciplines, the book puts forward a strong case for the continuing relevance of post-Marxism and particularly for Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe’s theory of radical democracy.

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The Politics of Anxiety and Transformation
Author: Andrew Ryder

This book dissects the complex social, cultural and political factors which led the UK to take its decision to leave the EU and examines the far-reaching consequences of that decision.

Developing the conceptual framework of securitization, Ryder innovatively uses primary sources and a focus on rhetoric to examine the ways that political elites engineered a politics of fear, insecurity and Brexit nationalism before and after the Brexit vote. He situates Brexit within a wider shift in international political ideas, traces the resurgence in popularity of far-right politics and explores how Britain and Europe now face a choice between further neoliberal reform or radical democratic and social renewal.

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The Politics of White Supremacy in the US and Europe
Author: Terri E. Givens

Racism has deep roots in both the United States and Europe. This important book examines the past, present, and future of racist ideas and politics. It describes how policies have developed over a long history of European and White American dominance of political institutions that maintain White supremacy.

Givens examines the connections between immigration policy and racism that have contributed to the rise of anti-immigrant, radical-right parties in Europe, the rise of Trumpism in the US, and the Brexit vote in the UK. This book provides a vital springboard for people, organizations, and politicians who want to dismantle structural racism and discrimination.

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The Changing Politics of Abortion in Britain
Author: Fran Amery

Examining the changing pluralities of contemporary abortion debate in Britain, this innovative and important book shows why it is necessary to move beyond an understanding of abortion politics as characterised in binary terms by ‘pro-choice’ versus ‘pro-life’.

Amery traces the evolution of political and parliamentary discourses from the passage of the Abortion Act in the 1960s to the present day, and argues that the current provision of abortion in Britain rests on assumptions about medical authority over women’s reproductive decision-making which are unsustainable.

She explores new arguments around sex-selective abortion, disability rights, pre-abortion counselling and the push for decriminalization, and radically reconceptualizes the debate to account for these new battlegrounds in abortion politics.

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