Not Your Father's Far Right
Populist Radical Versus Traditional Extremism

Camus, Jean-Yves

Publisher:  Le Monde Diplomatique
Date Written:  01/03/2014
Year Published:  2014  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX16233

All over Europe, the new, populist far-right parties have become part of the political scene. They're not defined, as the old far-righters used to be, by what they want, but by what they don't want.



Extensive research into far-right populism over the last 30 years has yet to find a precise, workable definition for this catchall term, and we need more information on the political category it covers. Since 1945 Europeans have used "far right" to mean a range of very different phenomena: xenophobic and anti-system populism, nationalist-populist political parties, and even religious fundamentalism. But the term should be used with caution because, for militant rather than objective reasons, movements labelled as far-right are often assumed to be a continuation (adapted to contemporary circumstances) of nationalist-socialist, fascist or nationalist-authoritarian ideologies, which is not the case.

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