Jean-Yves Camus

NOV 6-19
US TOUR

Jean-Yves Camus is Director of the Observatoire des Radicalités Politiques (ORAP) at Fondation Jean Jaurès and Associate Fellow at Institut de Relations Internationales et Stratégiques (IRIS), both in Paris. Since 2009 he is registered as Global Expert for the UN Alliance of Civilizations. His research interests include the contemporary Extreme-Right movements in Europe and the history of the relations between Russia and Radical Nationalist movements in Western Europe. He has contributed to Eurasianism and the European Far Right: Reshaping the Europe-Russia Relationship (edited by Marlène Laruelle, 2015) and has just published Far-Right Politics in Europe (with Nicolas Lebourg) at Harvard University Press (March 2017).

About Far-Right Politics in Europe

Published by Harvard University Press and Translated by Jeanne-Marie Todd

In Europe today, staunchly nationalist parties such as France's National Front and the Austrian Freedom Party are identified as far-right movements, though supporters seldom embrace that label. Jean-Yves Camus and Nicolas Lebourg's critical look at the far right throughout Europe reveals a prehistory and politics more complex than the stereotypes suggest and warns of the challenges these movements pose to the EU's liberal-democratic order. 

The European far right represents a confluence of many ideologies: nationalism, socialism, anti-Semitism, authoritarianism. The 1980s marked a turning point in political fortunes, as national-populist parties began winning seats in European parliaments. Since the terrorist attacks of 9/11 in the United States, a new wave has unfurled, one that is explicitly anti-immigrant and Islamophobic in outlook.

Though Europe's far-right parties differ in important respects, they are motivated by a common sense of mission: to save their homelands from what they view as the corrosive effects of multiculturalism and globalization by creating a closed-off, ethnically homogeneous society. Members of these movements are increasingly determined to gain power through legitimate electoral means. In democracies across Europe, they are succeeding.

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