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Hungary, Poland and Slovakia show the risks associated with mainstream parties co-opting the platforms of the radical right

Pytlas, Bartek (2015) Hungary, Poland and Slovakia show the risks associated with mainstream parties co-opting the platforms of the radical right. LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog (03 Nov 2015). Website.

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Abstract

The rise of the radical right has presented a challenge to mainstream parties in a number of European countries. As Bartek Pytlas writes, one of the strategies mainstream parties have adopted in several cases has been to co-opt the platforms of radical right parties in the hope of colonising their support. Based on an analysis of Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, he argues that adopting the policies of the radical right can prove counterproductive as it legitimises the underlying narrative used by radical right parties. Mainstream parties can see off this challenge to their electoral support only by simultaneously taking ownership of the broader narrative of the radical right. He notes that this strategy nevertheless poses a challenge for the quality of democratic discourse in Central and Eastern Europe.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/europpblog/
Additional Information: © 2015 The Author(s)
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2017 10:37
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2021 23:33
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/70882

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