chapter  7
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Welfare chauvinism, ethnic heterogeneity and conditions for the electoral breakthrough of radical right parties: evidence from Eastern Europe


Radical politics and the use of inflammatory political appeals are enduring features of post-communist politics, yet the causes, effects and dynamics of radical party politics in post-communist democracies are still poorly understood, especially when compared to the copious scholarship on the Western European extreme right, Latin American populism, and racial politics in the US.1 Notable exceptions do exist, but many of the most fundamental research questions remain unanswered, including why radical parties are strong and persistent in some countries, but weak and short-lived in others.2