Explaining the Rise of the Radical Right in Europe

Addressing vulnerability and promoting security
Jul 03, 2024 | Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies

Over the past few decades, the radical right has been the mostresearched political family in Europe. Relations between the radical right andthe mainstream parties, as well as the strategies used to counter competitors,have substantial effects on the nature of party competition.  In this review article for the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies, Wojciech Gagatek assesses current trends and debates the level ofunderstanding in the academic literature by examining three key questions: Whatare radical-right parties? How can their electoral successes be explained? Whatare the consequences of their rise for national and European politics? Althoughterminology and definitions may differ, radical-right ideology consistentlyincludes authoritarianism, nationalism and opposition to liberal democracy.


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