The far right in the Balkans

By Vera Stojarova

The far right in the Balkans


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-8973-2
  • Pages: 192
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £85.00
  • Published Date: February 2014
  • BIC Category: Politics, Society & social sciences / Nationalism, Political ideologies, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Nationalism & Patriotism, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / General, Southeast Europe, Society & social sciences / Political ideologies


This is the first book to provide comprehensive coverage of the far right political party phenomenon in the Balkans. The author focuses on parties generally described as lying on the far right in academic literature and examines their development from 2000 until 2010.

The book provides a detailed analysis of the historical legacy essential in understanding the overall context of nationalism in the region as well as an overview of the far right political parties in each country. It discusses parties individually, detailing their ideological features, strategy, internal organisation and leadership, and compares their political, social, economic, ethno-cultural and international characteristics. It reveals the main factors that were influential in the successes and failures of the far right, and offers a comparison between the typical far right voter living in the Balkans and his counterpart in Western Europe. The implementation and enforcement of legislature such as hate speech laws is also examined, along with other legal issues affecting the extremist parties in the region.


1. Introduction
2. Terminology and conceptualisation
3. Historical legacies of the Balkan far right
4. An overview of far right political parties in the Balkan region and political party selection
5. International supply side - brief presentation of political parties in terms of ideology
6. External supply side - the roots of success and political opportunity structures in successful cases
7. External supply side - the roots of success and political opportunity structures in the less successful cases
8. Voters of the far right and legislative implementation in practice
9. Internal supply side - strategy, organization, role of paramilitaries and international cooperation
10. Concluding remarks


Vera Stojarová is Lecturer in Balkan Studies at Masaryk University in Brno

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