Politics on the Fringe: The People, Policies, and Organization of the French National Front (Paperback)
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Politics on the Fringe: The People, Policies, and Organization of the French National Front (Paperback)

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Paperback 280 Pages / Published: 19/07/1999
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Once a marginal political coalition, the French National Front has become the most high-profile far-right organization in Europe. In Politics on the Fringe Edward G. DeClair provides the first extensive analysis of the Front's history, from its creation in 1972 and outcast status in the early 1980s to its achievement of broad-based support and show of political strength in the 1997 elections.

Using rare, in-depth interviews with twenty-nine members of the Front elite, as well as public opinion survey data and electoral results, DeClair examines the internal structure of the Front, its political agenda, and its growing influence in France. DeClair shows how the party has dramatically expanded its traditionally narrow core constituency by capitalizing upon anxieties about national identity, immigration, European unification, and rising unemployment. In illustrating how the rhetoric surrounding such topics is key to the Front's success, DeClair examines the Front's legacy by detailing the links between the French far-right and similar movements in such countries as Germany, Belgium, Austria, Italy, and the United States. Finally, Politics on the Fringe offers not only a complete picture of the Front's increasingly influential role in French partisan politics but also further insight into the resurgence of right-wing extremism throughout western societies in the late twentieth century.

This volume will be of primary importance to political scientists and those engaged with European politics, culture, and history. It will also appeal to those concerned with right-wing populism and political movements.

Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 9780822321392
Number of pages: 280
Weight: 454 g
Dimensions: 230 x 154 x 21 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"[T]he most up-to-date and comprehensive study [of the French National Front] in English." - Robert Tombs, Times Literary Supplement
"[A] fine book on an important and controversial topic." - Paul Seaton, Perspectives on Political Science
"DeClair offers a detailed survey of the Front's electoral successes and the narrative account in the two chapters dealing with this process is comprehensive and informative. The interviews with party representatives, and their responses to DeClair's questionnaires, flesh out the picture of the Front's development and give an authentic feel to the descriptions of how the growth of the party took shape." - Jim Wolfreys, Contemporary Politics
"[A]n informative and intriguing treatment of elite opinion within the party, drawing heavily upon original interviews. The broad endorsement of neoliberalism through most of the Front's formative period is particularly well rendered, as is the switch to more nationalistic economics in this decade. . . . [A] highly useful book. . . ." - Bruce Morrison, Governance
"A thorough and engaging study of the development of France's Front National . . . . Based upon his commendable body of evidence, DeClair produces an eminently readable survey of the Front National's history, leaders and future prospects." - William M. Downs, Nationalism and Ethnic Politics
"Politics on the Fringe is simply the best book on the French National Front available in the English language. Intelligent, original, thoughtful, careful, and well-written, it is a marvelous mixture of primary and secondary research. Its insights into the minds and motives of the National Front and its supporters will undoubtedly serve as the foundation for our understanding of this important far right group for years to come."-Anthony Messina, Tufts University
"The specter of right-wing populism presents a major challenge to the party systems of western Europe. By taking an empirically-based, ideologically-neutral approach to a very emotional subject, Politics on the Fringe offers a deeper understanding of the National Front and a greater insight into its internal organizational behavior."-Vincent E. McHale, Case Western Reserve University
"[A] fine book on an important and controversial topic." -- Paul Seaton * Perspectives on Political Science *
"[A]n informative and intriguing treatment of elite opinion within the party, drawing heavily upon original interviews. The broad endorsement of neoliberalism through most of the Front's formative period is particularly well rendered, as is the switch to more nationalistic economics in this decade. . . . [A] highly useful book. . . ." -- Bruce Morrison * Governance *
"[T]he most up-to-date and comprehensive study [of the French National Front] in English." -- Robert Tombs * TLS *
"A thorough and engaging study of the development of France's Front National . . . . Based upon his commendable body of evidence, DeClair produces an eminently readable survey of the Front National's history, leaders and future prospects." -- William M. Downs * Nationalism and Ethnic Politics *
"DeClair offers a detailed survey of the Front's electoral successes and the narrative account in the two chapters dealing with this process is comprehensive and informative. The interviews with party representatives, and their responses to DeClair's questionnaires, flesh out the picture of the Front's development and give an authentic feel to the descriptions of how the growth of the party took shape." -- Jim Wolfreys * Contemporary Politics *

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