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The Radical Right: More than a Topic of Political Science

  • Klaus Wahl
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Abstract

The introductory chapter describes the uncoordinated efforts of various sciences to understand the preconditions, ideologies, organizations, and actions of the radical right. It then presents the main perspectives of the book: a vertical analysis of the biopsychosocial levels of causes, catalysts, and triggers of radical right-wing phenomena, as well as a horizontal comparison of the radical right in different countries. The book attempts to weigh the influence of the various factors and to show better starting points for the prevention of elements of the radical right like xenophobia, racism, authoritarianism, and violence. In light of the widespread and potentially confusing terminology, proposals are made for naming the various parts of the right-wing political spectrum from the populist right to the extremist and totalitarian right.

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

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