The Radical Right in Europe: Sociological and Historical Causes and Conditions

  • Klaus Wahl


The different histories of Western, Central, and Eastern Europe, in capitalist democracies and socialist dictatorships gave rise to variations of the radical right. During the last decades, Western countries have become multicultural by immigration. In contrast, in many Central and Eastern states, there has been little immigration and instead a historical heritage of enduring ethnic minorities and nationalism, exacerbated by economic and regime change at the turn of the 1980s to the 1990s. Globalization, immigration, political mistrust, fear of unemployment, social descent, and cultural change can trigger the demand for the radical right.


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