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Neo-Nationalism

The Rise of Nativist Populism

Authors: Bergmann, Eirikur

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  • Considers the most contested phenomena in contemporary politics: Nationalism, Populism and Right-Wing Extremism
  • Frames three waves of nationalist populism since the post-war period
  • Maps how nationalist populism has moved from the fringes to the mainstream
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This book maps three waves of nativist populism in the post-war era, emerging into contemporary Neo-Nationalism. The first wave rose in the wake of the Oil Crisis in 1972. The second was ignited by the Collapse of Communism in 1989, spiking with the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The third began to emerge after the Financial Crisis of 2008, soaring with the Refugee Crisis of 2015. Whether the Coronavirus Crisis of 2020 will lead to the rise of a fourth wave remains to be seen. The book traces a move away from liberal democracy and towards renewed authoritative tendencies on both sides of the Atlantic. It follows the mainstreaming of formerly discredited and marginalized politics, gradually becoming a new normal. By identifying common qualities of Neo-Nationalism, the book frames a threefold claim of nativist populists in protecting the people: discursively creating an external threat, pointing to domestic traitors, and positioning themselves as the true defenders of the nation.

About the authors

Eirikur Bergmann is Professor of Politics at Bifrost University, Iceland, and Director of its Centre for European Studies. He is author of nine academic books, and three novels. He is a frequent commentator in media on politics and European affairs.   

Reviews

"Erikur Bergmann’s new book reveals the connections between nationalism, populism, authoritarian drifts, conspiracy theories, and fake news, providing valuable insights into the decline of democracy around the world and especially in Western democracies.” (Professor Susanna Cafaro, University of Salento, Italy)

“Our current politics is plagued by the disturbing reemergence of nationalism, populism, and extremism. Many countries have turned away from democracy in favor of authoritarianism. Eirikur Bergmann carefully examines these illiberal trends from across Europe and the US to explain how democracy is failing and why. This is a must-read for any student of modern political history.” (Joseph E. Uscinski, Department of Political Science, University of Miami, USA)

“This latest study by Eirikur Bergmann provides an encyclopaedic, accessible, page-turning global survey of the rise of nationalist populism. This is likely to become the definitive introduction to the subject.” (David Farrell, Professor of Politics, University College Dublin, Ireland)

"This excellent book is timely and important. It highlights the need to consider the historical context and evolution of nativist forms of populism to fully understand their implications for our own time. It also reminds us that these implications are potentially so dire as to overturn our current world order, not by evolving it but by disrupting it." (Lone Sorensen, Department of Media, Journalism and Film, University of Huddersfield, UK)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)
  • Introduction: The Rise of Nativist Populism

    Pages 1-28

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  • Understanding Nativist Populism

    Pages 29-52

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  • The First Wave: The Oil Crisis and the New Nationalists

    Pages 53-82

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  • The Second Wave: The Collapse of Communism and 9/11

    Pages 83-130

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  • The Third Wave: The International Financial Crisis and Refugees

    Pages 131-207

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Softcover $29.99
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Neo-Nationalism
Book Subtitle
The Rise of Nativist Populism
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-41773-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-41773-4
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-41772-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 235
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