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The Ideology of the Extreme Right$
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Cas Mudde

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780719057939

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719057939.001.0001

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Die Republikaner

Die Republikaner

(p.31) 2 Die Republikaner
The Ideology of the Extreme Right

Cas Mudde

Manchester University Press

This chapter examines the ups and downs of a discorded party, profiling the literature, and the national-conservatism and the extreme right. Die Republikaner (REP) originated as a conservative party, ideologically close to its mother party CSU. The party radicalised shortly afterwards, with the take-over of Schönhuber as party leader and Neubauer as chief editor, expressing an increasingly nationalist and xenophobic outlook. Xenophobic nationalism is at the core of almost all themes that are discussed regularly in the party literature. Though the REP puts a lot of attention on the ongoing process of degeneration, its views on ethical values are moderately conservative. Finally, the REP is a democratic party, in that it supports parliamentarianism, and even militant democracy, and strives for acceptance and power within the current German political system.

Keywords:   extreme right, national-conservatism, conservative party, Die Republikaner, REP, xenophobic nationalism, German political system, democratic party, parliamentarianism, militant democracy

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