Right-wing populism in Europe

The research project on „The extreme right in Europe” deals with parties and organizations of the extreme right, which have achieved sensational success at elections in Europe, especially since the middle of the 1980s. Comprehensive research has been carried out on such countries as Belgium, Denmark, Germany, France, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, and Hungary. The national studies were carried out within the EU project „Socio-Economic Change, Individual Reactions and the Appeal of the Extreme Right“ (SIREN). The project was supported by funds from the EU program „Improving the Human Research Potential and the Socio-Economic Knowledge Base“.

The European elections of 2009 were a sensational success for, above all, the extreme right in Hungary, Romania, Austria, Denmark, Great Britain, the Netherlands, and Greece. It has become clear that the renaissance of the extreme right is by far not a temporary occurrence but a long-lasting phenomenon. 

Current research focuses, firstly, on the European dimensions, i.e. election success of the extreme right and populist parties at elections to the European Parliament, as well as on limitations and opportunities of European right factions in the European Parliament. Secondly, the currently most successful parties of the extreme right, the Partij voor de Vrijheid (PVV) in the Netherlands and the Jobbik party on Hungary lend themselves as a basis for an analysis of the different varieties of the extreme right – right-wing populism and right extremism .  The project deals, thirdly, with academic approaches to explaining the phenomenon of the extreme right and with the counter strategies. 

These research activities have resulted in numerous publications.

 

Current Publications

Books

Gudrun Hentges / Bettina Lösch (Hg.): Die Vermessung der sozialen Welt. Neoliberalismus - extreme Rechte - Migration im Fokus der Debatte, Wiesbaden 2011  

Working-Papers 

Jörg Flecker / Sabine Kirschenhofer / Gabrielle Balazs / Yves De Weerdt / Hans De Witte / Patrizia Catellani / Patrizia Milesi / Gudrun Hentges / Malte Meyer / Francesca Poglia Mileti / Fabrice Plomb: EU Research on Social Sciences and Humanities. Socio-economic change, individual reactions and the appeal of the extreme right (SIREN). Final report. Funded under the 'improving the socioeconomic knowledge base' key action of the fifth framework programme. Directorate-General for Research European Commission, Brussels 2006 

Jörg Flecker / Sabine Kirschenhofer / Gabrielle Balazs / Yves De Weerdt / Hans De Witte / Patrizia Catellani / Patrizia Milesi / Gudrun Hentges / Malte Meyer / Francesca Poglia Mileti / Fabrice Plomb: Socio-Economic Change, Individual Reactions And The Appeal Of The Extreme Right. Final Report [Deliverable 7 for the project »Socio-Economic Change, Individual Reactions and the Appeal of the Extreme Right«], Vienna 2004 

Gudrun Hentges / Malte Meyer / Jörg Flecker / Sabine Kirschenhofer / Eva Thoft / Edwin Grinderslev / Gabrielle Balazs: The Abandoned Worker – Socio-Economic Change And The Attraction Of Right-Wing Populism: European Synthesis Report On Qualitative Findings, [Deliverable 3 for the project »Socio-Economic Change, Individual Reactions and the Appeal of the Extreme Right«], Cologne/Vienna 2003 

Gudrun Hentges / Malte Meyer: Right-Wing Extremist Attitudes In Germany – Implications Of Competitive Nationalism And Neoliberalism. Interim Country Report On Qualitative Findings (Germany) [Deliverable 2 for the project »Socio-Economic Change, Individual Reactions and the Appeal of the Extreme Right«], Cologne 2003 

Francesca Poglia Mileti / Riccardo Tondolo / Fabrice Plomb / Franz Schultheis / Malte Meyer / Gudrun Hentges / Jörg Flecker / Ingrid Mairhuber: Modern Sirens And Their Populist Songs. A European Literature Review On Changes In Working Life And The Rise Of Right-Wing Populism [Deliverable 1 for the project Socio-Economic Change, Individual Reactions and the Appeal of the Extreme Right], Neuchâtel/Vienna 2002 http://www.siren.at/en/publics/modern_sirens.pdf 

Articles in Books and Journals

2011 

Gudrun Hentges: Between ›Race‹ and ›Class‹. Elite Racism in Contemporary Germany, in: Wulf D. Hund / Christian Koller / Moshe Zimmermann (eds.), Racism Analysis. Yearbook 2, Berlin 2011 (forthcoming) 

Gudrun Hentges: Die extreme Rechte in Europa - zwischen niederländischem Rechtspopulismus und ungarischem Rechtsextremismus, in: Gudrun Hentges / Hans-Wolfgang Platzer (Hg.), Europa - Quo Vadis? Ausgewählte Problemfelder der europäischen Integrationspolitik, Wiesbaden 2011, S. 235-276 

Gudrun Hentges: Historisch-politisches Lernen am Beispiel des Projekts ›Zug der Erinnerung‹, in: Gudrun Hentges / Bettina Lösch (Hg.), Die Vermessung der sozialen Welt. Neoliberalismus, extreme Rechte und Migration im Fokus der Debatte, Wiesbaden 2011, S. 159-173 

Gudrun Hentges: Avrupa Yönetici Kültüründen. Alman ve Hıristiyan-Yahudi. Yönetici Kültürüne (Von der europäischen zur deutschen hin zur christlich-jüdischen Leitkultur), in: Die Gaste 15. SAYI / Ocak-Şubat 2011, S. 3 f. 

2010 

Gudrun Hentges: Eine Biografie im Spannungsfeld zwischen Religion - Politik - Islamismus, in: Mechtild M. Jansen / Helga Nagel (Hg.), Religion, Migration und Gesellschaft, Bad Homburg 2010, S. 89-94 

2009 

Gudrun Hentges: »Brücken für unser Land in einem neuen Europa«? Minderheiten- und Volksgruppenpolitik in Österreich, in: Christoph Butterwegge / Gudrun Hentges (Hg.), Zuwanderung im Zeichen der Globalisierung. Migrations-, Integrations- und Minderheitenpolitik, 4., aktualisierte und überarbeitete Auflage, Wiesbaden 2009, S. 191-233 

Gudrun Hentges: Die extreme Rechte im internationalen Kontext, in: Stiftung Deutsches Holocaust-Museum. Zentrum für Dokumentation und Information über Verbrechen gegen die Menschlichkeit, Lern- und Forschungsstätte für Frieden und Humanität, Mitteilungen Nr. 17, März 2009, S. 31-33 download 

2008 

Gudrun Hentges / Gerd Wiegel: Arbeitswelt, soziale Frage und Rechtspopulismus in Deutschland, in: Christoph Butterwegge / Gudrun Hentges (Hg.), Rechtspopulismus, Arbeitswelt und Armut. Befunde aus Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz, Opladen / Farmington Hills 2008, S. 143-185 

Gudrun Hentges / Jörg Flecker: Die Sirenen-Gesänge der Extremen Rechten in Europa, in: Lothar Stock / Carina Tausch / Rainer Vor (Hg.), Die Welt zu Gast bei wem? Rechtsextremismus, Fremdenfeindlichkeit und Migration in Sachsen, Deutschland und Europa. Leipziger Beiträge zur Sozialen Arbeit, Band 6, Berlin 2008, S. 135-171 

Gudrun Hentges / Jörg Flecker / Gabrielle Balazs: Potenziale politischer Subjektivität und Wege zur extremen Rechten, in: Christoph Butterwegge / Gudrun Hentges (Hg.), Rechtspopulismus, Arbeitswelt und Armut. Befunde aus Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz, Opladen/Farmington Hills 2008, S. 103-141

Director

Prof. Dr.

Gudrun Hentges

Political Science with a Focus on Migration and Integration

Prof. Dr.Gudrun Hentges+49 661 9640-
Consultation hours
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