30 July 2010
Radical Right Politics in Western Democracies
Since the end of World War II, and the defeat of the Nazi Third Reich, few political phenomena have commanded so much attention in western democracies as radical right politics. This has been particularly the case since the 1980s, when the so-called ‘third wave’ of the radical right hit the shores of (Western) Europe. Though radical right politics differs in many ways between countries, in and outside of Europe, there are few western countries were the extreme right is not regularly debated.
Associate Professor Dr. Cas Mudde,rnDepartment of Political Science,rnUniversity of Antwerp, Belgium
This course aims to introduce students to radical right politics in contemporary western democracies. The course consists of three parts. In the first part a historical overview is presented of radical right politics in the (western) world. In the second part the radical right politics in contemporary western democracies will be discussed, most notably from North America and Europe (including new post-communist countries). In the third and last part we will discuss various conceptual and theoretical issues concerning radical right politics in western democracies.
NOK 3000: The fee cover parts of the required reading material, food and social arrangements.