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What to read on Trump(ism)

ByCas Mudde

This chapter provides a list of the limited scholarship that could help provide a better understanding of the rise of Donald Trump and Trumpism, that is his unique form of radical right politics. In many ways the Trump campaign can be seen as the extremist swansong of the Southern strategy of the GOP. Surprisingly, the rise of the Tea Party, just a few years ago, features little in the current debate on Trump. The importance of Islamophobia to the 2016 presidential campaign of Trump, as well as some other candidates, is difficult to overstate. While there are several specific American aspects to the character and rise of Trump and Trumpism, they are part of a broader rise in radical right politics in Western democracies, most notably in Western Europe. And while the radical right is a fairly marginal topic of study in American politics, it is among the most studied topics in European politics.