Transforming the transformation? The East European Radical Right in the Political Process examines the significance of radical right parties, along with other organizations, in terms of their involvement in the political process of new democracies.

This groundbreaking study highlights firstly the radical right’s interaction with other political actors, such as parties, governments and interest groups, in their respective countries. Secondly, the contributors analyze the effects of such interaction with regard to agenda setting and policies in "loaded" policy fields, namely minorities and immigration, law and order, religion, territorial issues and democratization. Through an examination of the role of radical right actors in political processes and an assessment of the resulting measurable outcomes, this book shows how policies, election results and regime changes indicate shifts away from the liberal-democratic order institutionalized in the course of post-Communist transformation.

Offering a unique cross-national comparison of particular facets and themes, as well as in-depth analysis of country cases, this book will be of interest to undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as scholars, of European politics and far right studies.

chapter |9 pages


ByMichael Minkenberg

part I|46 pages

Contexts and concepts

chapter 1|14 pages

Transforming transformation theory

ByKlaus von Beyme

chapter 2|30 pages

Profiles, patterns, process

Studying the East European radical right in its political environment
ByMichael Minkenberg

part II|96 pages

Comparative perspectives

chapter 3|21 pages

The democratization of hostility

Minorities and radical right actors after the fall of communism
ByLenka Bustikova

chapter 4|25 pages

The populist radical right in the political process

Assessing party impact in Central and Eastern Europe 1
ByAndrea L.P. Pirro

chapter 5|32 pages

Lighting the fuse

The impact of radical right parties on party competition in Central and Eastern Europe
ByBartek Pytlas, Oliver Kossack

chapter 6|17 pages

The impact of radical right parties in the Baltic states

Finding one's way through social space
ByDaunis Auers, Andres Kasekamp

part III|94 pages

Country cases

chapter 7|26 pages

The radical right in Poland – from the mainstream to the margins

A case of interconnectivity
ByDominika Kasprowicz

chapter 8|23 pages

Transforming Hungary – together?

An analysis of the Fidesz–Jobbik relationship
ByPéter Krekó, Gregor Mayer

chapter 10|25 pages

Actors, agenda, and appeal of the radical nationalist right in Slovakia

ByOľga Gyárfášová, Grigorij Mesežnikov

part IV|111 pages

Country cases

chapter 11|27 pages

The emergence of a new radical right power

The Romanian Orthodox Church
ByGabriel Andreescu

chapter 12|21 pages

‘Righting it up'

An interplay-based model for analyzing extreme right dynamics in Romania
ByRadu Cinpoeş

chapter 13|20 pages

The Bulgarian radical right

Marching up from the margins
ByKiril Avramov

chapter 14|29 pages

Parties and subcultures in the process of mobilization

The internal dynamics of the radical right in Ukraine
ByAlina Polyakova

chapter 15|12 pages


Actors, interaction, and impact in comparison
ByMichael Minkenberg, Oliver Kossack