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Radical Right-Wing Parties in Central Europe: Mutual Contacts and Cooperation

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Dočekalová, Pavla

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Abstract The aim of this article is to analyse mutual contacts between and cooperation of the strongest extreme right-wing political parties in Central European countries, i.e. in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia. The article defines the extreme right, introduces its member parties in the region (those who had or still have parliamentary representation, namely the Association for the Republic – the Republican Party of Czechoslovakia, Hungarian Truth and Life Party, League of Polish Families and the Slovak National Party) and analyses what kind of bilateral or multilateral relations they have maintained. It explains the possibilities of and obstacles to the transnational cooperation of the Central European radical right. Special emphasis is placed on European Union structures and the question of whether EU membership has influenced the mutual contacts of these parties. The conclusion states that although radical right political parties have maintained mutual relations, these links have been rather limited. The main reason can be found in the very nature of the radical right: its ideology is based on nationalism, which means that these parties do not consider international cooperation beneficial. Furthermore, they often have contradictory interests and aims, and these parties are heterogeneous and prefer different strategies for transnational cooperation.
Classification Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture
Free Keywords extreme right; Central Europe; transnational cooperation; political parties; party family
Document language English
Publication Year 2006
Page/Pages p. 7-23
Journal Politics in Central Europe, 2 (2006) 2
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications