- The Oxford Handbook of the Radical Right
- The Radical Right: An Introduction
- The Radical Right and Nationalism
- The Radical Right and Islamophobia
- The Radical Right and Antisemitism
- The Radical Right and Populism
- The Radical Right and Fascism
- The Radical Right and Euroskepticism
- Explaining Electoral Support for the Radical Right
- Party Systems and Radical Right-Wing Parties
- Gender and the Radical Right
- Globalization, Cleavages, and the Radical Right
- Party Organization and the Radical Right
- Charisma and the Radical Right
- Media and the Radical Right
- The Non-Party Sector of the Radical Right
- The Political Impact of the Radical Right
- The Radical Right as Social Movement Organizations
- Youth and the Radical Right
- Religion and the Radical Right
- Radical Right Cross-National Links and International Cooperation
- Political Violence and the Radical Right
- The Radical Right in France
- The Radical Right in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland
- The Radical Right in Belgium and the Netherlands
- The Radical Right in Southern Europe
- The Radical Right in the United Kingdom
- The Radical Right in the Nordic Countries
- The Radical Right in Eastern Europe
- The Radical Right in Post-Soviet Russia
- The Radical Right in Post-Soviet Ukraine
- The Radical Right in the United States of America
- The Radical Right in Australia
- The Radical Right in Israel
- The Radical Right in Japan
Abstract and Keywords
Typically in sociology and political science, the radical right has been addressed through so-called breakdown theories, while left-wing radicalism has been analyzed from the perspective of mobilization theories, which are widespread in social movement studies. The chapter uses concepts taken from social movement studies in order to provide an overview of some scholarship on the contemporary radical right, looking first of all at the organizational structure in the radical right milieu and considering the complex interplay among various actors linked to each other in cooperative as well as competitive interactions. Second, it suggests that these networks use a broad repertoire of collective action. Third, and in line with the “cultural turn” in social movement research, we consider the frames through which the collective actors involved in the radical right construct and communicate their (internal and external) reality.
Manuela Caiani is Associate Professor at the Institute of Scienze Umane e Sociali at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Florence. Her research interests focus on Populism, Europeanization and social movements, the radical right in Europe and the United States, political mobilization and the Internet, qualitative methods of social research, and political violence and terrorism. She has been involved in several international comparative research projects and coordinated research units for individual projects and grants. She has participated as panel organizer or paper presenter at several national and international conferences. She has published in, among others, the following journals: Mobilization, Acta Politica, European Union Politics, South European Society and Politics, and RISP, and for the following publishers: Oxford University Press, Ashgate, and Palgrave.
Donatella della Porta is Professor of Political Science and dean of the Institute for Humanities and the Social Sciences at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Florence, where she directs the Center on Social Movement Studies. She directs a major European Research Council project, “Mobilizing for Democracy,” on civil society participation in democratization processes in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Latin America. Among her most recent publications are Social Movements in Times of Austerity (Polity, 2014), Methodological Practices in Social Movement Research (Oxford University Press, 2014), Spreading Protest, with A. Mattoni (ECPR Press, 2014), Clandestine Political Violence, coedited with D. Snow, B. Klandermans and D. McAdam (Cambridge University Press, 2013), and Mobilizing on the Extreme Right, with M. Caiani and C. Wagemann (Oxford University Press, 2012). In 2011, she was the recipient of the Mattei Dogan Prize for distinguished achievements in the field of political sociology and Ph.D. honoris causa from the universities of Lausanne, Bucharest, and Goteborg.
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