Radical Right

Voters and Parties in the Electoral Market


During recent decades, radical right parties have been surging in popularity in many nations, gaining legislative seats, enjoying the legitimacy endowed by ministerial office, and striding the corridors of government power. The popularity of leaders such as Le Pen, Haider, and Fortuyn has aroused widespread popular concern and a burgeoning scholarly literature. Despite the interest, little consensus has emerged about the primary factors driving this phenomenon. The puzzle is to explain why radical right parties have advanced in a diverse array of democracies - including in Austria, Canada, Norway, France, Italy, New Zealand, Switzerland, Israel, Romania, Russia, and Chile - while failing to make comparable gains in similar societies elsewhere, such as in Sweden, Britain, and the United States. This book, first published in 2005, expands our understanding of support for radical right parties through presenting an integrated new theory which is then tested systematically using a wealth of cross-national survey evidence covering almost forty countries.
  • Cambridge University Press; August 2005
  • ISBN 9780511138133
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  • Title: Radical Right
  • Author: Pippa Norris
  • Imprint: Cambridge University Press

In The Press

"Norris has written a masterful and comprehensive account of the rise of radical right voting in liberal democracies. She offers a dispassionate, scientific, and nuanced treatment of the perplexing surge of xenophobic politics in a wide range of societies that are otherwise stable and affluent. Anyone who wants to understand these developments must read this book." James Hollifield, Southern Methodist University