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Rallying the Radicals: What do the Radical Left and the Radical Right have in Common?

Comparative Politics
Democracy
Extremism
Nationalism
Populism
Political Sociology
P296
Matthijs Rooduijn
University of Amsterdam

Thursday 14:00 - 15:40 (04/09/2014)

Building: Wolfson Medical Building Floor: 2 Room: Ganochy

Abstract

What do the radical right and the radical left have in common? The so-called horseshoe theory, attributed to the French writer Jean-Pierre Faye, argues that the ends of the political spectrum are much more similar than one might expect at first sight. According to this theory, the political continuum from left to right is not a straight line, but takes the shape of a horseshoe. Both the radical left and the radical right have often been associated with nationalism, populism and Euroscepticism. Moreover, voters for these parties have been claimed to be the ‘losers of modernization’ – people with lower socioeconomic positions in terms of education, class and income, that feel threatened by the processes of modernization and globalization. Because parties from both the radical left and the radical right claim to represent their interestes, these voters are expected to be vulnerable to political mobilization in radical directions. This panel welcomes all papers that look into the question what the radical left and the radical right have in common – both in terms of parties and in terms of voters.

Title Details
The Mechanisms of Nationalist Resistance: Radical Left- and Right-Wing Parties in Greece at Times of Crisis View Paper Details
Unpacking Left-Wing Populism in Theory and Practice View Paper Details
Euroscepticism Among Left and Right-Leaning Voters: The Issue Basis of Voter Attitudes Towards European Integration View Paper Details
Fishing in the Same Pond? Analysing the Support Base of Radical Left and Radical Right Parties in the Netherlands View Paper Details
We the People or We the Peoples? A Comparison of Left- and Right-Wing Populists View Paper Details