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The Populist Challenge

Political Protest and Ethno-Nationalist Mobilization in France

Jens Rydgren

268 pages, 11 figs, 24 tables, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-57181-643-6 $120.00/£85.00 Hb Published (December 2003)

ISBN  978-1-57181-691-7 $34.95/£24.00 Pb Published (June 2004)

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"This is a fine, well-written book ... a penetrating and informed analysis."  · Martin A. Schain, New York University

“Anyone interested in contemporary European and French politics, ERP parties, the Front National, populism nationalism, or racism will find the book both interesting and useful…[it] offers a rich overview and a rewarding analysis of the recent political and societal developments.”   · H-France Review

During the last decade and a half a new political party family, the extreme Right-wing populist (ERP) parties, has established itself in a variety of West European democracies. These parties represent a monist politics based on ethnic nationalism and xenophobia as well as an opposition against the 'political establishment'. Being the prototypic ERP party, the French Front National (FN) has been a model for ERP parties emerging elsewhere in Western Europe.

This study presents a theoretically based explanation that combines the macro and the micro-level, as well as the political supply and the demand-side. More specifically, this study shows that it is necessary to consider both opportunity structures, created by demand and supply-side factors, as well as the ability of the FN to take advantage of the available opportunities. Of particular interest is the author's analysis of the sociology and attitudes of the FN-voters.

Jens Rydgren is Researcher and Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at Stockholm University.

Series: Volume 1, Berghahn Monographs in French Studies
Subject: Peace & Conflict Studies
Area: France

LC: JN3007.F68 R93 2004

BL: YC.2005.a.12427

BISAC: POL031000 POLITICAL SCIENCE/Political Ideologies/Nationalism

BIC: JPFN Nationalism


List of Illustrations
List of Abbreviations

Introduction: The Rise of Extreme Right-Wing Populism

Chapter 1. Politics and Political Behavior: A Theoretical Framework
Chapter 2. Front National Voters: Social Base and Attitudes
Chapter 3. The Front National: Authoritarian and Socio-cultural Right?
Chapter 4. Nationalism and National Identity
Chapter 5. Xenophobia and Anti-immigration Rhetoric
Chapter 6. Populism and the Power of the Anti-establishment Strategy



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