“Political Economy of ‘Authoritarianism’ and ‘Right Wing Populism’. May, Orban, Szydło, Le Pen, Gauland/AfD … – the EU between a crisis of legitimation of neoliberal ‘reformers’ and different authoritarian ‘right wing forces’”

This paper should serve for the preparation of the workshop and support the discussion there. Its structure corresponds to the questions that have been asked and to the agenda of the final program.  more

Hanna Lichtenberger: The Decline of the Social Democrats and the Rise of the political Right in Austria

Austria was spared, barely, from far-right candidate Norbert Hofer being elected its next president.1 All the more painful, though, has been the debate about the rise of the radical right in general and the Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ) in particular. Bourgeois minds like to reduce the causes of the right’s rise to popular dissatisfaction with the on-going dispute in the country’s grand coalition more

On “Authoritarian Populism” by Stuart Hall

In his article „Authoritarian Populism: A reply to Jessop et all“[1], Stuart Hall took issue with some aspects of the argument by Bob Jessop, Kevin Bonnett, Simon Bromley and Tom Ling in regard to „Authoritarian Populism“ and to the „phenomenon of Thatcherism“[2]. Jessop et al had replied to „Policing the crisis. Mugging the State, the Law and the Order “[3] and „The Politics of Thatcherism“[4] by Hall et al.. more


Joachim Bischoff / Bernhard Müller: Right-wing populism: An answer to the crisis of democratic capitalism

In broad areas of Europe as well as in North America, right-wing populist movements and parties have a substantial following and have chalked up impressive electoral successes. In Germany too, after some delay, this trend has set in. In Germany and Europe in general, right-wing populist movements are characterised by four central hallmarks: more

Tomáš Nociar: Whose Failure is the Rise of the Far Right?

In recent years several EU countries have been facing a growing support for far right parties. Slovakia, my home country, is not an exception here. A couple of years ago the Slovak Prime Minister and leader of the social democratic party Smer, Robert Fico was asked if he felt any personal responsibility in this matter. He rejected this idea as nonsense and argued more


Peter Herrmann: Moving forward against the fallback

The fundamental first question is if we can still speak of a political left and right. And a definitive affirmation is underlying the main argument of the following. The reason for raising this issue is not the general ‘totalitarianism doctrine’ but its specific resurgence based on the view of both, left and right, being populist-authoritarian – as such,  More Continue reading Peter Herrmann: Moving forward against the fallback