chapter  8
Extremist or populist? Proposing a set of criteria to distinguish right-wing parties in Western Europe
ByTANJA WOLF
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If there is a shared identifying feature of right-wing extremist and right-wing populist politics, then it would be the rejection of immigrants and ‘multicultural society.

(Scharenberg 2006: 70, own translation)

Introduction While globalisation is progressing, migration, as well as the rejection of migration, is increasingly important. Fear for traditional values, one’s own family and one’s job often leads to the denial of immigrants, especially Muslims. Furthermore, a couple of other factors like the crisis of left-wing parties, the crisis of access and the crisis of representation lead to even more insecurity and fear of loss (Langenbacher & Schellenberg 2011: 13ff.). Authors like Langenbacher and Schellenberg name a whole series of factors that seem to trouble the political sphere.