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Author Adamson, Göran Author.

Title Populist Parties and the Failure of the Political Elites The Rise of the Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ) Göran Adamson [electronic resource]

Published Frankfurt a.M. Peter Lang GmbH, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften 201604


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Edition 1st, New ed.
Physical description 264 p.
Series DemOkrit 6
Contents Contents: The study of right-wing extremism – The importance of the party leader – Jörg Haider’s writings – Two different forms of populism – Right wing populism – Racism – Anti-democratic ideas and fascism – Rhetoric and provocation – The EU sanctions against Austria – Public polls – How different are FPÖ voters? – Elitism.
Summary The author analyses the reasons behind the electoral success of European right-wing populist parties. Using the Austrian Freedom Party under Jörg Haider as a case study and with a richness of primary material, he argues that their success is only partly caused by «racism». It is also, and more prominently, the result of populism – i.e. a critique of the «elite». These parties and their voters should not, then, be labelled as arrogant insiders attacking downtrodden outsiders like immigrants, workers, and minorities. Instead, the right-wingers are more justly portrayed as outsiders and underdogs, raising their anger and frustration against the insiders: the «media elite» and the «leftists and the artists».
History notes Göran Adamson is an Associate Professor in Sociology, with a PhD from the LSE, London. His research interests are contemporary right-wing populism, forms of nationalism, and multiculturalism.
ISBN 9783653057331
Standard Number 9783653057331