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A Nativist Production Structure? Perspectives on the Organisation and Strategies of the Far Right

Contentious Politics
Political Leadership
Political Participation
Political Parties
Populism
Social Movements
Party Members
Political Activism
P014
Andrea L. P. Pirro
Scuola Normale Superiore
Stijn van Kessel
Queen Mary, University of London

Abstract

Far-right mobilisation is in the ascendant. A plethora of collective actors with an ideological commitment to nativism are making headlines—not only for their electoral exploits, but also their engagement in the protest arena. Activities in the electoral and protest arenas are however seen to respond to different logics, and have been thus treated as distinct spheres of political action. Within the context of nativist politics, these two arenas increasingly resemble part of a whole: far-right parties often stem from movements, interact with them, and adopt their tactics. In essence, what happens at the grassroots level may also serve electoral purposes; and developments at the electoral level may legitimise and mobilise nativist activism. While we have come to familiarise with various aspects of the supply side of far-right politics, we seem to know little about what characterises their ‘production structure’. Decisions pertaining to the internal life and external strategies of collective actors directly depend upon what is decided backstage—and are thus absolutely crucial to understand the essence of far-right politics. The panel seeks to answer the following questions empirically: How do far-right collective actors organise internally? And how do they mobilise at the extra-parliamentary level? Is there anything distinctive about far-right organisation and mobilisation that sets it apart from other political actors?

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