Prof. David Art argued (MP3) (Powerpoint) that party organization best explains why some radical right parties in Europe succeed while others fail or fragment. (Scroll down for pix!!) Based on interviews and other research in multiple European countries, Art questioned prevailing explanations such as the level of unemployment or the size of immigrant groups.
The lecture, the third and final in the Alan R. Bennett Lecture Series this semester, covered West European politics, party politics, xenophobia, and ethnographic research. In understanding party success, Art emphasized the historical legacy of fascism and the experience and societal response to the radical right. Isolating the radical parties did often work to weaken the extreme right.
The lecture was drawn from Art’s new book, Inside the Radical Right: The Development of Anti-Immigrant Parties in Western Europe (Cambridge University Press).
The Bennett Lecture Series will continue in the fall of 2011 and include a talk by Amb. Daniel Kurtzer on October 26, 2011, co-sponsored with the Human Rights Institute.