Right-wing populism

Extreme right-wing and right-wing populist parties in Europe

July 2019, Werner T. Bauer, 158 pages

The electoral success of FPÖ in Austria is not an isolated case. Extreme right-wing and right-wing populist parties are on the rise in almost all European countries. Their political programmes are almost all the same: they are against any further immigration and denounce “asylum misuse”, they associate criminality and drug dealing with foreigners and open borders; they criticise the EU and reject the accession of Turkey; in socio-political terms, they are in favour of the traditional family, they support animal welfare and are opposed to same-sex marriage. In many cases, anti-Semitism of previous times has been replaced by anti-Islamism. Identity formation is based on the friend-enemy scheme "us down there, they up there". The methods of the new right-wing followers are also very similar: breaking taboos (“they dare to do something") is as much part of their repertoire as is xenophobia and criticism of capitalism. The majority of voters of right-wing populist parties belong to the lower social classes and the lower middle classes. Right-wing populists generally suffer setbacks, when they become part of the government and the moment of truth arrives. However, such government participations also result in a long-term shift to the right in respect of political issues and values. And over time, this populism also takes hold of established parties …

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The FPÖ's Media World

Septemer 2017, 26 pages

The document at hand aims to give an overview over the FPÖ’s Media World that its officials have built as a mean for the party’s public appearance. Included in this documentation are their own, as well as affiliated media.

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Boom of right wing populism

September 2015, Mag.a Elisabeth Kleinlercher, 45 pages

Since the 1970s there is a growing frustration with politics that resulted on the one hand in the green movement, but on the other hand also in the formation of right wing political parties. These parties are a fixture in western party systems, including Austria. The Austrian FPÖ shows a speedy development since its foundation in 1956, as it became the second strongest party at the end of the 1990s and formed a coalition with the ÖVP. Soon thereafter in the elections of 2002 the party lost a significant part of their voters due to an unsatisfactory performance in the government and internal disagreements. This however did not result in a disentchantment of the party and its ideology as can be seen in the growing support. Therefore the following study examines different booms of right wing populism.

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Strategies Against Right-wing Populists – Do They Exist?

November 2014, Dr. Werner T. Bauer, 15 Pages

Despite occasional setbacks, xenophobic right-wing populism has become a fixed and no longer negligible factor in most European party systems. What strategies can the established parties of the left and centre-right use to oppose the further rise of right-wing populists? Are there or have there been effective answers to the populist-right political agitation in recent years? And how can ,especially the Social Democrat parties, react to the “threefold challenge” the success of the right-wing populists gives them?

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