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The Radical Right in Eastern Europe

Democracy under Siege?

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  • © 2017


  • Provides a timely account of recent radical right movements, political parties, electoral competition, and governance in Eastern Europe

  • Incorporates quantitative and qualitative data, drawing on perspectives form comparative and historical sociology, electoral research, and analysis of public opinion trends

  • Offers a historical analysis of key conditions and legacies that have impacted and shaped the current nature of democracies in Eastern Europe

Part of the book series: Europe in Crisis (EIC)

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Table of contents (7 chapters)


About this book

This book is a comparative analysis of the post-communist East European radical right, both in party and non-party formation, using the West European radical right as a baseline. Minkenberg offers insights into the political field of the radical right since the onset of democracy in the region and elicits region-wide and country-specific characteristics. The book argues that due to the nature of the transition process from Soviet hegemony to national independence and from communist to democratic societies, and the unfinished process of nation-building in the region, the radical right in Eastern Europe is a phenomenon sui generis, both organizationally more fluid and ideologically more extreme than the Western counterpart. The issues covered include trends in party system and electoral developments, patterns of movement mobilization and racist activism, and the impact of the radical right on their countries’ politics and policies.  


   “This is the ultimate Minkenberg, condensing two decades of cutting-edge research into one highly readable short book. Must read for all, academic and non-academic, interested in the radical right in Central and Eastern Europe.” (Cas Mudde, Associate Professor, International Affairs, University of Georgia, USA)

“In this remarkable short book, Michael Minkenberg presents an important new analysis of the radical right in Eastern Europe… He demonstrates the fragility of democracy in Eastern Europe, as well as the durability of nationalist issues that link the past to the present… Moreover, this analysis helps us to understand more about the powerful hostility that greeted the recent wave of refugees in Eastern Europe during the past two years, in a region where few immigrants had settled before.” (Martin Schain, Professor Emeritus, Politics, New York University, USA)

Authors and Affiliations

  • Frankfurt/Oder, Germany

    Michael Minkenberg

About the author

Michael Minkenberg is Professor of Political Science at European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder), Germany. He had previously held the Max Weber Chair for German and European Studies at New York University, USA. His research interests include the radical right in liberal democracies and the relationship between religion and politics in Western societies.

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