The Radical Right examines five cases of political hatred from the margins of global capital: Turkey under Erdogan, Hungary under Orbán, India under Modi, the Philippines under Duterte, and Brazil under Bolsonaro. With probing insights it asks, how did these rightwing figures come to power? What strategies of legitimation do they employ? What resistances do they face?
The authors use case studies of individual countries to lay the foundation for a systematic comparison that illuminates the key dynamics of a novel political form. By analyzing each regime's response to the Covid-19 pandemic further light is shed on their methods in a time of crisis. The book closes by considering the Trump presidency, and how we can understand these leaders by comparison to their pronounced counterpart in the Global North—and vice-versa.
More than a mere collection of texts commissioned from specialists, The Radical Right is the result of a two-year-long collective endeavor by an international taskforce assembled to respond to a global phenomenon of far reaching significance.
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Notes on Contributors
1 Introduction The Radical Right: Politics of Hate on the Margins of Global Capital Cecilia Lero
2 Right-Wing Authoritarianism in Turkey Sefika Kumral
3 Global Crisis and the Realignment of Eastern European Capitalist Class Alliances The Case of Hungarian Illiberalism Tamás Gerőcs and Ágnes Gagyi
4 Modi’s New India Hatred, Dispossession, Desperation Aparna Sundar
5 Can Democracies Die Democratically? Rodrigo Duterte in the Philippines Cecilia Lero
6 Understanding the Myth Bolsonaro’s Brazil Fabio Luis Barbosa dos Santos
7 Comparisons Fabio Luis Barbosa dos Santos
8 The Pandemic as an Opportunity Daniel Feldmann, Cecilia Lero, Devika Misra, Ágnes Gagyi, Tamás Gerőcs and Ilhan Can Ozen
9 It Can’t Happen Here Trump Viewed from the Margins Daniel Geary
Fabio Luis Barbosa dos Santos is Latin American Studies Professor at Federal University of São Paulo and Research Associate at the Society, Work and Politics Institute at University of Witwatersrand. He is the author of Power and Impotence. A History of South America under Progressivism.
Cecilia Lero is the lead researcher at Build-A-Movement. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Notre Dame and was a post-doctoral fellow at the Centro de Estudos da Metrópole at the University of São Paulo and Brazilian Center for Analysis and Planning.
Tamás Gerőcs is a political economist who is currently doing his Doctoral Studies at the State University of New York, Binghamton. He is a research fellow at the Institute of World Economics, Centre of Economic and Regional Studies in Hungary.