Right response: Understanding and countering populist extremism

Goodwin, Matthew J. (2011) Right response: Understanding and countering populist extremism. Other. The Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House, London (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Populist extremist parties (PEPs) present one of the most pressing challenges to European democracies. These parties share two core features: they fiercely oppose immigration and rising ethnic and cultural diversity; and they pursue a populist ‘anti-establishment’ strategy that attacks mainstream parties and is ambivalent if not hostile towards liberal representative democracy. These parties and their supporters remain poorly understood. What drives some citizens to abandon the mainstream in favour of populist extremists? What message are these parties offering, and how receptive are European electorates to this message? How, if at all, can mainstream parties counter the rise of PEPs? This report examines what is causing citizens across Europe to shift behind populist extremists, and how mainstream elites might respond to this challenge. It puts popular stereotypes to one side and adopts an objective and evidence-based approach to investigate the characteristics and concerns of PEP supporters, the message and the wider potential of populist extremism, and possible response strategies.

Item Type: Monograph (Other)
Subjects: J Political Science
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Depositing User: Matthew Goodwin
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2016 16:29 UTC
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2016 12:18 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/54401 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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