Carter, E (2018) Right-wing Extremism/Radicalism: Reconstructing the Concept. Journal of Political Ideologies, 23 (2). pp. 157-182. ISSN 1356-9317

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This article reconstructs the concept of right-wing extremism/radicalism. Using Mudde’s influential 1995 study as a foundation, it first canvasses the recent academic literature to explore how the concept has been described and defined. It suggests that, despite the frequent warnings that we lack an unequivocal definition of this concept, there is actually a high degree of consensus amongst the definitions put forward by different scholars. However, it argues that the characteristics mentioned in some of the definitions have not been organized meaningfully. It, therefore, moves on to distinguish between the defining properties of right-wing extremism/radicalism and the accompanying ones, and in so doing it advances a minimal definition of the concept as an ideology that encompasses authoritarianism, anti-democracy and exclusionary and/or holistic nationalism.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article to be published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Political Ideologies, available online:
Uncontrolled Keywords: extreme right, radical right, definition, authoritarianism, anti-democracy, nationalism
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
J Political Science > JC Political theory
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Politics, Philosophy, International Relations and Environment
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2016 09:09
Last Modified: 10 Mar 2021 09:59

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