Islamophobia and the radical right in Europe

Nostalgia or alternative utopia?

Authored by: Aristotle Kallis

The Routledge International Handbook of Islamophobia

Print publication date:  February  2019
Online publication date:  February  2019

Print ISBN: 9780815353751
eBook ISBN: 9781351135559
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781351135559-30

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Abstract

The ideology of the radical right may be extremely hard to pin down and classify, ranging from extreme social conservatism to ‘soft’ populism with often liberal hues to violent activism; and from seemingly respectable, suave agents of parliamentary democracy to groups with para-military characteristics or even terrorist clandestine links (Mudde 2016). The agents of the radical right seem to disagree on at least as many diagnoses and strategies as those that they profess to share. Yet, in the last decade, strong points of ideological and political convergence have started to crystallise, turning the radical right into a truly transnational European and occasionally trans-Atlantic force with ever-stronger presence, noise, and impact. The topicality of a new range of issues, such as immigration, international terrorism, national sovereignty, globalisation, and the effects of the worldwide economic crisis, have created a political milieu that has allowed the radical right not only to thrive but also to unite its otherwise disparate and fragmented forces (Politico 2015).

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