The Radical Right

Biopsychosocial Roots and International Variations

  • Klaus Wahl

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This book analyses the rise in xenophobia, racism, and radical right political parties, movements, and violent groups over recent years.

The author provides a summary of the current state of international and interdisciplinary research on the multilevel explanations of right-wing radical thought, comparing similarities and differences across Europe and the United States. By integrating findings from psychology, history, social and life sciences, he proposes a biopsychosociological model of the conditions, causes, catalysts, and triggers of phenomena of the radical right across the world. Following a ‘demand’ and ‘supply’ analysis, Wahl explores the interaction of evolutionary emotional mechanisms and socialization processes with various environmental conditions, and consequent manifestations of radical right groups, to identify possibilities to slow down the rise and effects of the radical right.


populism nationalism xenophobia transnationalism political violence

Authors and affiliations

  • Klaus Wahl
    • 1
  1. 1.Psychosocial Analyses and Prevention - Information System (PAPIS)MunichGermany

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-25130-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-25131-4
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