This book, written by a prominent German political scientist and specialist for political theory and comparative government, analyses right-wing populism as a topical theme of postmodern party systems in Europe and the United States.
This contribution to the topical debate on right-wing populism seeks to analyse important aspects of the phenomenon with reasonable brevity:
• Populism is conceptualised through scientific analysis building on the history of political theories and ideologies.
• Definitions and stages of development are compared.
• The analysis focuses on the party system in Western and Eastern Europe, rea- sons for the rise and decline of right-wing populist groups, international asso- ciations and the participation of national governments.
• Right-wing populism is differentiated from right-wing extremism.
• In summary, a few generalisations can be made that support the hypothesis that right-wing populism can act as a barrier to right-wing extremism, and, in addition to some negative ones, also has several positive effects on the devel- opment of neo-democracy.