Author Archives: Matthew Goodwin

Dr Matt Goodwin is an academic and commentator. A political scientist by training, his main area of research is extremism in Britain and Europe more generally. With colleagues, Matt has undertaken large-scale studies and surveys to explore who joins and supports extremist groups, and why. He has a B.A., M.A. and PhD in Political Science, has held an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship and published numerous articles and studies. Matt is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Politics and International Relations, at the University of Nottingham. When not undertaking research and teaching, Matt is a frequent contributor to international and national media.

Putting ‘counter-Jihad’ groups under the microscope

The electorally orientated populist parties which have long dominated the radical right have recently been joined by more chaotic and unpredictable ‘counter-Jihad’ groups. Matthew Goodwin explains how these groups differ from their more traditional party based antecedents, before presenting the findings of his recent project which surveyed 1,666 British adults and 300 supporters of the […]

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With UKIP on the rise, whatever happened to the BNP?

The British political arena has long been an inhospitable place for minor parties. While UKIP is the latest to turn heads, from one election to the next history is littered with failed contenders. Back in the 1980s, it was noted how one of the more significant attempts to challenge the main parties, by the Social Democratic Party, […]

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Party campaigns matter, including for those on the extremist fringe

It is widely accepted that the manner in which a party campaigns will shape its overall performance. Yet Matthew Goodwin observes that this has failed to translate into detailed research on party campaigning by parties on the radical and extremist fringe. In a recent project which focused on the 2010 general election campaign by the […]

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Do Extremist Party Campaigns have an Impact?

It is widely accepted that the manner in which a party campaigns will shape its overall performance. Yet Matthew Goodwin observes that this has failed to translate into detailed research on party campaigning by parties on the radical and extremist fringe. In a recent project which focused on the 2010 general election campaign by the extreme right […]

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Europe at the extremes? Public concerns and the generational divide

Across Europe, the financial crisis has revived fears over the lingering appeal of extremists, with many tracing the rise of radical right and also radical left parties to economic turmoil. The argument has long roots, with numerous studies associating prejudice, and by extension support for extremists, with financial crises, or tensions over scarce resources such […]

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Far right ideas: Britain’s generational divide

Writing for the Guardian Comment is Free, Matthew Goodwin summarises the key findings from our new survey that explores public attitudes toward core far right policies, and identifies an important generational divide. Read the full post here.

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Extremist threat is not just about the economy, stupid

Extremis Project co-founders, Matt Goodwin and Anthony Painter, have a piece in the Jewish Chronicle on extremism and the financial crash. It argues: Recent evidence suggests that concerns over national identity matter more. Those endorsing the far right also feel that these parties are meeting their anxieties over perceived threats to their identity, values and […]

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The Far Right is fragmenting

This post originally appeared over at Guardian Comment is Free. Last week, a new report on the English Defence League (EDL) was released. Detailing the key personalities within the movement, and their links to the global ‘counter-Jihad’ movement, the document sought to set out what ‘really lies behind’ the group that attracts considerable attention but […]

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Europe Tracker 17.08.12

Denmark: Outgoing leader of the Danish People’s Party (DF) hailed as an important source of influence for right-wing radicals. “Through Pia’s leadership and influence on Danish politics, Denmark has become a proud and self-assured country that has fought for the ideals of freedom against Islamisation and decrees from Brussels,” Dutch politician Geert Wilders told Ritzau. […]

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Extremism and economics: A complicated relationship

To what extent is the rise of right-wing extremism in Europe due to the financial crisis? Across Europe, the rise of political parties like Golden Dawn in Greece, the Austrian Freedom Party and Party for Freedom in the Netherlands has led many commentators to attribute their support to the onset of a severe economic downturn […]

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