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The Far-right: general characteristics

The Far-right: general characteristics

Prof. Ruth Wodak

Before we turn to examine the place antisemitism holds in the contemporary Far-right, let’s first ask ourselves:

What characterizes the Far-right today? Why is it that despite the catastrophe of the Nazi regime in the 20th century, and the horrific outcomes of the Holocaust and WWII, extreme right-wing parties and ideologies still maintain their appeal?


  • Hainsworth, Paul, ed., Politics of the Extreme Right: From the Margins to the Mainstream (Bloomsbury: Indiana University Press, 2016).

  • Hainsworth, Paul, ed., The Extreme Right in Europe and the USA (Bloomsbury: Indiana University Press, 2016).

  • Mammone, Andrea, Emmanuel Godin and Brian Jenkins, eds., Mapping the Extreme Right in Contemporary Europe: From Local to Transnational (London: Routledge, 2012).

  • Wodak, Ruth, The Politics of Fear: What Right-Wing Populist Discourses Mean (London: Sage, 2015).

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