Political Extremism in Democracies: Combating Intoleranceis a theoretically inspired, empirically rich study of political parties that have been branded as untouchable pariahs. Democracy's painful paradox seems to require tolerance of the intolerant, but democracy's defenders instead often ostracize and repress illiberal parties even when they enjoy broad electoral support. Drawing evidence from systematic comparison of contemporary pariah parties in seven European countries, the book classifies strategic responses of mainstream political actors and advances a framework for understanding cross-national differences. An inescapable, if normatively controversial, finding is that quarantining or banning extremists is less successful at containing or rolling back perceived threat than some forms of regulated inclusion.
|Publisher:||Palgrave Macmillan US|
|Edition description:||1st ed. 2012|
|Product dimensions:||5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)|
About the Author
WilWilliam M. Downs is the associate dean for Social and Behavioral Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences, an associate professor of Political Science, and the co-director of the Center for Human Rights and Democracy at Georgia State University. He is the author ofCoalition Government, Subnational Style: Multiparty Politics in Europe's Regional Parliamentsand has published research articles on political parties, electoral behavior, legislative institutions, and extremism in such journals asParliamentary Affairs,West European Politics,Electoral Studies,Government & Opposition,Journal of Contemporary European Studies,Contemporary Politics, andPerspectives on European Politics and Society. Downs has held a Fulbright research fellowship in Belgium, been a research fellow at Harvard University's Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, and served as a visiting faculty member at Aarhus University in Denmark.
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