Resentment Reloadad: How the European Radical Right Mobilizes Antisemitism and Counter-Cosmopolitanism

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Radical right parties have successfully mobilized voters in Europe in the last few years. Yet, empirical studies of the radical right’s political ideol- ogy are scarce. This article offers a comparative analysis of party plat- forms and political mobilizations of relevant radical right electoral competitors. It reveals not only cross-national variations but also an emerging transnational and modernized ideological profile: the combina- tion of anti-immigrant politics with fierce opposition to cultural and eco- nomic globalization, and especially an increasing presence of antisemitism. Corresponding radical right mobilizations are engendered by three favorable conditions: social demand, a changing public climate, and crises of globalization that feed into persistent resentments and anti- Jewish conspiracy theories. Antisemitism has not been replaced by other resentments; instead, the new radical right plays its part in an evolving a new antisemitic international.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)543-573
Number of pages31
JournalJournal for the Study of Antisemitism
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Radical Right, Counter-Cosmopolitanism, Antisemitism, Anti- Muslim, Anti-Zionism, Anti-Immigrant

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