Illiberal Politics in Neoliberal Times: Culture, Security and Populism in the New Europe

Illiberal Politics in Neoliberal Times: Culture, Security and Populism in the New Europe

by Mabel Berezin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521839130

ISBN-13: 9780521839136

Pub. Date: 03/31/2009

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The rise of rightwing populism has brought into question prevailing assumptions in social science about multicultural Europe. In this compelling study of populist politics, Mabel Berezin argues that the emergence of the movement in the 1990s was a historical surprise rather than an expected event. She questions whether rightwing populism would exist in the absence

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The rise of rightwing populism has brought into question prevailing assumptions in social science about multicultural Europe. In this compelling study of populist politics, Mabel Berezin argues that the emergence of the movement in the 1990s was a historical surprise rather than an expected event. She questions whether rightwing populism would exist in the absence of the Maastricht Treaty and the subsequent intensification of cultural and economic Europeanization. Using an innovative methodology, Berezin analyzes the French National Front in relation to the broader context of Europeanization and globalization. She unpacks the political and cultural processes that evoke the thin commitments characterizing citizen support, and shows that we cannot make sense of rightwing populism without considering the historical legacies and practices, both national and international, within which it arises. This book makes a novel argument about the relationship between democracy and political and social security.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521839136
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/31/2009
Series:
Cambridge Cultural Social Studies Series
Pages:
324
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

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Introduction The rightwing populist moment as historical surprise 1

Pt. I Situating the rightwing populist moment 15

1 Cinderella in the polis: rightwing populism as historical phenomenon and political concept 17

2 Experience and events: reformulating the rightwing populist moment 37

Pt. II The trajectory of thin commitments: France and the National Front 59

3 Beginning on the margins: the French first! 61

4 "Neither right nor left: French!" The campaign for political normalcy 79

5 The paradox of defeat: the rise and fall and rise of the French National Front 99

6 The 2002 presidential elections: the fabulous destiny of Jean-Marie Le Pen 126

7 The "new" April 21: from the presidential elections to the referendum on the European constitution 167

Pt. III Theorizing Europe and rightwing populism 197

8 Reasserting the national against Europe: politics and perception 199

9 Discovering the national in Europe 221

Conclusion: The future of illiberal politics: democracy and security 243

Bibliography 259

Index 297

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