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Extreme Reactions

Extreme Reactions
Radical Right Mobilization in Eastern Europe

  • Publication planned for: February 2020
  • availability: Not yet published - available from February 2020
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108482653


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  • Focusing on the rising support for the populist right in Eastern Europe, this book examines how anger and resentment towards minorities is being utilized in politics. Bustikova details the process by which the acquisition of political power and demand for rights by ascendant minority groups precipitates a backlash of mobilization from the radical right. However, this book also argues that prejudice against minorities is not a sentiment exclusive to right-wing voters and is not the root cause of increasing support for the radical right. Rather, this study reveals variation in how minorities are accommodated by the government and explains the electoral successes and failures of radical right parties. By examining the capitalization on these feelings of discontent towards politically assertive minorities and with the governmental policies that yield to their demands, Bustikova exposes volatile, zeitgeist-dependent conditions under which once fringe right-wing parties have risen to prominent but precarious positions of power.

    • Emphasizes the volatile nature of the radical right support
    • Discusses the unintended consequences of alliances between mainstream parties and political forces advocating for minority rights
    • Counters the common opinion that xenophobia accounts for radical right-wing voting; rather, it is apparent across other, more mainstream parties as well
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'This important and highly illuminating study demonstrates that extreme right parties mobilize against politically ascendant ethnic minorities, rather than in response to economic crises or widespread xenophobia. Bustikova's clear and rigorous analysis of the politics of ethnic resentment and backlash resonates well beyond the borders of post-communist Europe.' Anna Gryzmala-Busse, Michelle and Kevin Douglas Professor of International Studies, Stanford University, California

    'In a work that is both timely and timeless, Bustikova explores the causes of radical right party popularity in Eastern Europe. Her book makes a convincing case for the role of ethnic minority accommodation - as opposed to economic insecurity or xenophobia - in shaping the calculus of radical right elite and voters. In doing so, she further advances an important correction to the longstanding claim that radical right fortunes can only be affected by the behavior of proximal parties.' Bonnie M. Meguid, University of Rochester, New York

    'The best research monographs offer an original thesis on a highly relevant topic, test it on the basis of systematic, comparative research, and come to conclusions that have much broader consequences. Lenka Bustikova has written such a book! Extreme Reactions is crucial to understanding the radical right in Eastern Europe and also offers novel insights into the rise of the far right around the globe.' Cas Mudde, author of The Far Right Today

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    Product details

    • Publication planned for: February 2020
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108482653
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • contains: 27 b/w illus. 28 tables
    • availability: Not yet published - available from February 2020
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. A theory of radical right mobilization
    3. Radical right parties in cross-national perspective
    4. Mobilization against Hungarians in Slovakia
    5. Mobilization against Russians in Ukraine
    6. Conclusion.

  • Author

    Lenka Bustikova, Arizona State University
    Lenka Bustikova is Associate Professor of Political Science at Arizona State University. She serves as editor of East European Politics. She received the 2015 Best Article Prize, awarded by the American Political Science Association's European Politics and Society Section, and the 2017 Best Paper Prize, awarded by the American Political Science Association's Comparative Democratization Section.

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