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The Populist Challenge : Political Protest and Ethno-Nationalist Mobilization in France - Jens Rydgren

The Populist Challenge

Political Protest and Ethno-Nationalist Mobilization in France

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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.

"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

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
Introduction: The Rise of Extreme Right-Wing Populismp. 1
Politics and Political Behavior: A Theoretical Frameworkp. 27
Front National Voters: Social Base and Attitudesp. 85
The Front National: Authoritarian and Socio-cultural Right?p. 119
Nationalism and National Identityp. 131
Xenophobia and Anti-immigration Rhetoricp. 157
Populism and the Power of the Anti-establishment Strategyp. 192
Conclusionp. 226
Referencesp. 233
Indexp. 251
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ISBN: 9781571816917
ISBN-10: 1571816917
Series: Berghahn Monographs in French Studies
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 268
Published: 15th June 2004
Publisher: BERGHAHN BOOKS INC
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Type: New edition