Author Archives: Cas Mudde

Cas Mudde is an assistant professor at the Department of International Affairs of the University of Georgia (U.S.A.). He was born in the Netherlands, where he got his M.A. and Ph.D. at Leiden University, before embarking on an academic career that has (so far) taken him to universities throughout Europe and the United States. He was the founding chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of Antwerp (Belgium) and the co-founder of the ECPR Standing Group on Extremism & Democracy and the Routledge Studies in Extremism & Democracy.

Paolo Di Canio and the Legacy of Fascism

Last week, English Premiership football club, Sunderland Association Football Club (SAFC), fired its manager, the Northern Irish Martin O’Neill, and replaced him with a new one, the Italian Paolo Di Canio. According to the U.S. American club owner, Ellis Short, the new manager is the right man to keep the struggling team in the English […]

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Three decades of populist radical right parties in Western Europe: So what?

The populist radical right constitutes the most successful new party family in postwar Western Europe. Many accounts in both academia and the media warn of the growing influence of populist radical right parties (PRRPs), the so-called verrechtsing (right turn) of European politics, but few provide empirical evidence of it. In a recent publication I have […]

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The end of the Tea Party?

What a difference two years make. After the 2010 Congressional elections the Tea Party was the talk of the town. Whether left-wing or right-wing, media pundits declared “the” Tea Party to be the (only) winner of the elections. All the focus was on the new stars on the right, such as Rand Paul in Kentucky […]

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Flemish nationalism has not risen, it has transformed

For much of the international press, the local elections in Belgium this weekend were about the rise of separatism. The Washington Post reported already the day before the elections: “As the EU basks in Peace Prize glory, separatists from Belgium to Spain are on the march” (not that nationalists are never “on the rise,” but […]

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Why Marine Le Pen will not be as influential as her father

The Front national (FN) is broadly considered to be the prototype of the populist radical party, the main right-wing challenger of contemporary European liberal democracies. It is also the oldest continuing radical right party in the region, celebrating its 40th birthday this week. In light of the fundamental changes the party underwent in its first […]

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The Dutch Elections and the Eurosceptic Paradox

After a short but hectic election campaign the Dutch voter has spoken. And she has spoken very differently at the polls than in the opinion polls. Depending upon the polling agency, opinion polls from the last days were roughly 20 to 25 seats (out of 150!) wrong in their predictions. According to the first results, […]

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Geert Wilders is dead! Long live… Geert Wilders!

When Geert Wilders pulled his support for the Dutch minority government last April, commentators were quick to proclaim the end of his remarkable political success story. According to a Dutch saying (de breker betaalt), the one who ‘breaks’ a government pays the price in the next elections. Hence, leading politicians of the two governmental parties, […]

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Breivik 0 Liberal Democracy 1

Last week’s verdict upon Norway’s most (in)famous citizen, Anders Breivik, has led to a lot of confusion and rage – mostly outside of the country itself incidentally. Breivik killed 77 people last summer in a bombing in Oslo and a shooting on the island of Utoya, by far the most deadly terrorist attack in Norwegian […]

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America’s New Revolutionaries

In the past few weeks we have heard and read a lot about RaHoWa, the fictional Racial Holy War that white supremacists proclaim mostly in songs and on Internet forums like Stormfront. This relatively obscure and murky world was brought into the media spotlight after the horrific shooting in the Sikh temple in Wisconsin by […]

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Wisconsin’s massacre and the need for a closer look

The perpetrator of the latest mass shooting in the United States has been compared to Timothy McVeigh and Anders Breivik. But a closer understanding of his motives and actions is needed before making this connection, says Cas Mudde. This post was first published over at Open Democracy. The United States has in the past month […]

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