The ideology of the extreme right

By Cas Mudde

The ideology of the extreme right

Book Information

  • Format: eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-8477-9531-1
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Published Date: July 2013
  • BIC Category: Political parties, Conservatism & right-of-centre democratic ideologies, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process / Political Parties, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Conservatism & Liberalism, Society & social sciences / Political parties, Society & social sciences / Conservatism & right-of-centre democratic ideologies


This book provides a comprehensive and detailed analysis of the five main parties of the extreme right in the Netherlands (Centrumdemocraten, Centrumpartij), Belgium (Vlaams Blok), and Germany (Die Republikaner, Deutsche Volksunion). Using primary research - including internal party documents - it concludes that rather than right-wing and extremist, the core ideology of these parties is xenophobic nationalist, including also a mix of law and order and welfare chauvinism. The author's research and conclusions have broader implications for the study of the extreme-right phenomenon and party ideology in general.


1. The extreme right party family
Part I: Germany: 'Deutschland den Deutschen!' The extreme right in Germany, 1945-80 25
2. Die Republikaner
3. Deutsche Volksunion
Part II: Flanders: 'Eigen volk eerst!' The extreme right in Flanders, 1917-80 81
4. Vlaams Blok
Part III: The Netherlands: 'Nederland voor de Nederlanders!' The extreme right in the Netherlands, 1945-84 117
5. Centrumdemocraten
6. Centrumpartij'86
7. Comparative perspectives


Cas Mudde is Lecturer in Politics at the University of Antwerp - UFSIA

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