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The radical right in Central and Eastern Europe since 1989
Ramet, Sabrina P., 1949-
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University Park, PA : Pennsylvania State University Press, [1999]

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viii, 383 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.

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With the collapse of Communism in Central and Eastern Europe between 1989 and 1991, right-wing extremist parties have emerged and claimed a prominence that they have not enjoyed since the early 1940s. The Radical Right in Central and Eastern Europe Since 1989 examines the activity of these groups in the region stretching from Germany to Russia. Few, if any, comparable books offer readers an overview of how the radical right is faring in Germany, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, Ukraine, and Russia. Among the countries reviewed, only Slovakia has right-wing extremists taking their seats as members of the ruling coalition. This volume shows that radical right activities can have pernicious effects even if right-wing extremists do not themselves succeed in obtaining seats in government. As the cases of Germany and Russia show, right-wing extremist parties may be capable of distorting the political agenda and forcing the government to take up issues that it might otherwise have ignored or treated differently. The Croatian and Serbian cases show that right-wing extremist parties may figure as part of a broader political milieu when their ideas are already accepted by the political mainstream.

This volume is designed to give students, scholars, journalists, and other interested readers a useful introduction to the prospects of the far right in these post-communist countries. The contributors are John D. Bell, Frank Cibulka, Ivan Grdesić, Roger Griffin, Stephen Hanson, Laszlo Karsai, Julie Mostov, David Ost, Ognjen Pribićević, Sabrinia P. Ramet, Rudolf M. Rizman, Michael Shafir, Roman Solchanyk, and Christopher Williams.

Author Notes

Sabrina P. Ramet, one of the leading Europeanists of the day, is Professor of International Studies at the University of Washington and a member of the Advisory Board of the Post-Communist Cultural Studies Series. She is the author of seven books and editor of thirteen previous books, including the edited volume Gender Politics in the Western Balkans (Penn State, 1999).

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This interesting collection by well-informed specialists looks at the extreme right end of the political spectrum of ex-communist countries of Eastern Europe (including Germany and Russia but not Albania or the Baltic republics). Defining "radical right" is no simple matter. Ramet defines it broadly as "organized intolerance," an interesting approach but one that would include many mainstream and even governing parties. The other contributors generally define "radical right" more narrowly and focus on small fascistic parties that have scored few electoral successes. The governing parties of Croatia and Serbia preach organized intolerance but are flanked on the right by openly fascist parties. The collapse of communism in Eastern Europe awakened fears of a renewal of the radical-right politics of the 1930s. But voters have largely rejected and marginalized extremist parties. In Russia, on the other hand, the whole spectrum tilts in the direction of organized intolerance--Putin's popularity soared as he vowed to crush the Chechens. To focus on inconsequential fascist groupings may miss the forest for the trees. Perhaps Ramet's "organized intolerance" should replace the term "radical right." Graduate students and researchers. M. G. Roskin; Lycoming College

Table of Contents

Sabrina P. RametChristopher WilliamsJulie MostovSabrina P. RametDavid OstFrank CibulkaLaszlo KarsaiRudolf M. RizmanIvan GrdesicOgnjen PribicevicMichael ShafirJohn D. BellChristopher Williams and Stephen HansonRoman SolchanykRoger Griffin
List of Figures and Tablesp. ix
Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Part 1 Introduction
1 Defining the Radical Right: The Values and Behaviors of Organized Intolerancep. 3
2 Problems of Transition and the Rise of the Radical Rightp. 29
3 Women and the Radical Right: Ethnocracy and Body Politicsp. 49
Part 2 Central Europe
4 The Radical Right in Germanyp. 67
5 The Radical Right in Poland: Rationality of the Irrationalp. 85
6 The Radical Right in Slovakiap. 109
7 The Radical Right in Hungaryp. 133
8 Radical Right Politics in Sloveniap. 147
9 The Radical Right in Croatia and Its Constituencyp. 171
Part 3 The Balkans
10 Changing Fortunes of the Serbian Radical Rightp. 193
11 The Mind of Romania's Radical Rightp. 213
12 The Radical Right in Bulgariap. 233
Part 4 Soviet Successor States
13 National-Socialism, Left Patriotism, or Superimperialism? The "Radical Right" in Russiap. 257
14 The Radical Right in Ukrainep. 279
Afterword: Last Rights?p. 297
Notesp. 323
List of Contributorsp. 363
Indexp. 369