- 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
In a landmark article, Sammy Smooha, a prominent scholar of Israel’s regime, argued that as an ethnic democracy, Israel was unlikely to witness the emergence of “European-style” radical right-wing populism. The gist of the argument was that in ethnic democracies the state already occupies the ideological spaces that radical right-wing parties fill in liberal democracies, leaving such ideologies no room to evolve. In contrast to Smooha, this chapter considers ethnic democracies as fertile grounds for the growth of radical right politics. It maintains that such regimes facilitate the entrenchment of radical-right sentiments within significant parts of the population and political system, and consequently further facilitate the radicalization of radical-right parties that seek to distinguish themselves from other political actors. The chapter tests this argument via an analysis of the various ideological pillars of the Israeli radical right.
Arie Perliger is a Professor in the School of Criminology and Justice Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. Previously he was Director of Terrorism Studies and Associate Professor at the Combating Terrorism Center and Department of Social Sciences at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Perliger is studying issues related to terrorism and political violence; the politics of security; the politics of the far right in Israel, Europe, and the United States; Middle Eastern politics; and the applicability of social network analysis to the study of social phenomena. His studies have appeared in six books and monographs as well as in more than thirty articles and book chapters by publishers such as Columbia University Press and Routledge and in journals such as Security Studies, Political Studies, Social Forces, and others.
Ami Pedahzur is Professor of Government and the Arnold S. Chaplik Professor in Israel and Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, where he is also the founding director of the Institute for Israel Studies. His main areas of interest are radicalism, political violence, Israeli politics, and methods. His books include The Triumph of Israel’s Radical Right (Oxford University Press, 2012), The Israeli Secret Services and the Struggle Against Terrorism (Columbia University Press, 2009), Jewish Terrorism in Israel, with Arie Perliger (Columbia University Press, 2009), and Suicide Terrorism (Polity Press, 2005). He is currently studying the evolution of special operations forces.
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