On Extremism and Democracy in Europe
(Routledge Studies in Extremism and Democracy ; : 34)
163 p. 23 cm.
On Extremism and Democracy in Europe is a collection of short and accessible essays on the far right, populism, Euroscepticism, and liberal democracy by one of the leading academic and public voices today. It includes both sober, fact-based analysis of the often sensationalized "rise of the far right" in Europe as well as passionate defence of the fundamental values of liberal democracy. Sometimes counter-intuitive and always thought-provoking, Mudde argues that the true challenge to liberal democracy comes from the political elites at the centre of the political systems rather than from the political challengers at the political margins. Pushing to go beyond the simplistic opposition of extremism and democracy, which is much clearer in theory than in practice, he accentuates the internal dangers of liberal democracy without ignoring the external threats. This book is essential reading for anyone interested in European politics, extremism and/or current affairs more generally.
Table of Contents
Part I: The Far Right 1. The populist radical right: a pathological normalcy 2. Three decades of populist radical right parties in Western Europe: So what? 3. The myth of Weimar Europe 4. Putin's Trojan Horses? 5 theses on Russia and the European far right 5. Local shocks: the far right in the 2014 European elections 6. Europe of Nations and Freedoms: Financial Success, Political Failure 7. Viktor Orban and the difference between radical right parties and radical right politics Part II: Populism 8. Jean-Claude Jucker and the populist zeitgeist in European politics 9. The problem with populism 10. Populism and liberal democracy: is Greece the exception or the future of Europe? (interview with Antonis Galanopoulos) 11. Populism: a primer Part III: Euroscepticism 12. European integration: after the fall 13. The European elite's politics of fear 14. What will the European elections bring the Western Balkans? 15. The 2014 European elections in numbers 16. Electoral winners and political losers in the right-wing Eurosceptic camp 17. The key lessons of Syriza's defeat? A different Europe requires both ideology and competence 18. It's time to end the Eurosceptic illusions 19. "Weimar Greece" and the future of Europe 20. Portugal faces a political crisis, but it's the same one facing governments everywhere Part IV: Liberal Democracy 21. The intolerance of the tolerant 22. After the storms: time to go beyond the obvious responses 23. Norway's democratic example 24. The do's and don'ts of banning political extremism 25. No, we are NOT all Charlie (and that's a problem) 26. What freedom of speech? Of foxes, chickens, and #JeSuisCharlie 27. As Europe looks fearfully outside, its liberal democracy is under attack from within 28. Epilogue: European democracy after Paris