The Right Matters in European Politics

  • Bhaswati Sarkar


Bhaswati Sarkar focuses on the increasing impact of right-wing parties in Europe. In the aftermath of the Second World War, right-wing parties were discredited and pushed to the margins. However, being on the margins did not mean complete elimination. Sarkar shows that the mere continued presence of the right wing has turned the tide in their favour as these parties have been able to feed and connect with a fear of immigration, Islam, refugees, terrorism and unemployment which has come to envelop large sections of European societies. The chapter argues that though these parties may be out of power—or even when elected shunned by other parties—their agenda and their understanding of how to organise a society, economy and polity have gained common acceptance, and therefore legitimacy.


Europe France Germany Italy Right-wing parties Immigration Islam Refugees Populism European Union 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bhaswati Sarkar
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  1. 1.Centre for European Studies, School of International StudiesJawaharlal Nehru UniversityNew DelhiIndia

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