Unpacking the Rebranding of Right-Wing Politics in Contemporary Global Era

Wednesday, 18 July 2018: 08:30-10:20
RC18 Political Sociology (host committee)

Language: Spanish and English

Right wing parties -and leaders- are becoming increasingly influential in Western European democracies and in the Americas, although showing a broad diversity of organisational, ideological, and sociographic features. In these respects, academic literature distinguishes far-right expressions, such as Geert Wilders’ Party for Freedom, Marine Le Pen’s National Front, Nigel Farage’s UKIP or Donald Trump’s populism, from centre-right political formations such as The Republicans (France), Mauricio Macri’s Republican Proposal, Chile Vamos alliance or the “new” brazilian right that took part in Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment. Though Europe’s far-right parties differ in important aspects, they are motivated by a common sense of mission: to save their homelands from what they view as the corrosive effects of multiculturalism and globalisation by creating a closed-off, ethnically homogeneous society. Meanwhile, it is more difficult to define overarching trends between centre-right parties that have been understudied comparatively. This session thus aims to take some first steps towards this global comparison, focusing on the societal implantation strategies of these political forces, on the role of leadership in their construction and success, and on their capacity for renovation. Papers addressing both empirically and comparatively the issue of changes and continuities (ideological, organisational…) within such partisan and/or leadership expressions will be particularly welcomed.
Session Organizer:
Stephanie ALENDA, Universidad Andres Bello, Chile
Stephanie ALENDA, Universidad Andres Bello, Chile
Stephanie ALENDA, Universidad Andres Bello, Chile
Oral Presentations
Radical Right-Wing Parties in Western Europe and Their Populist Appeal: An Empirical Explanation
Pamela Irving JACKSON, Rhode Island College, USA; Peter DOERSCHLER, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, USA
Party Polarization and Social Policies in the United States (1936-2016)
Camila VIDAL, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande, Brazil
Distributed Papers
Populism Under Hegemony: Competition Fields and Protagonist Populists in Ecuador, India, South Korea, United States, and Venezuela
Debadatta CHAKRABORTY, University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA; Veda Hyunjin KIM, University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA; Jorge Daniel VASQUEZ, University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA
Antidemocratic Populism in Turkey after the July 2016 Coup Attempt
Julius ROGENHOFER, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
Un Nuevo “Compromiso Público”: Managers De Empresas y Clase Alta En El Gobierno De Mauricio Macri En Argentina
Florencia LUCI, CONICET, Argentina; Victoria GESSAGHI, CONICET, Argentina; Matias LANDAU, CONICET, Argentina
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