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Parties, Populism and the Radical Right - POIR309

Across the democratic world, there is increasing fragmentation of the political landscape. Traditional centre-left and centre-right parties, which could rely on the overwhelming majority of voters, are now crumbling. In their wake, an array of populist, anti-establishment and outsider candidates are emerging. In considering these developments, this unit begins by providing a detailed account of the history, evolution and impact of political parties and electoral systems across the democratic world. It then explores cases and examples from across the world and covers questions such as: What is populism? Who are the radical right? And how have parties and party systems changed over the last forty years? In answering these questions, this unit extends students' knowledge of political science by introducing key concepts, methods and cases in comparative politics.

Credit Points: 3
When Offered:

TBD - Not offered in the current year; next offering is to be determined

Staff Contact(s): Politics Staff

12cp at 100 level or above including 6cp in POL units Prerequisite Information


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Assessed As: Graded
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Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations

Faculty of Arts

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