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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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(p.123) 5 Centrumdemocraten
The Ideology of the Extreme Right

Cas Mudde

Manchester University Press

This chapter discusses the formation of the Centrumdemocraten (Centre Democrats, CD) in the Netherlands. On 5 December 1984, Hans Janmaat joined the party. Because of legal technicalities, Janmaat remained officially an independent MP. However, from the moment Janmaat joined, the CD was identified as his party. The CD does not possess a very elaborate ideological programme. The party literature contains, at best, a shallow ideology focusing on only a limited number of themes. This holds true especially for the party paper CD-Info, which by and large deals with four main themes: opposition to the multi-cultural society, populist anti-party sentiment, the undemocratic struggle against the own party, and fighting crime.

Keywords:   Centrumdemocraten, Centre Democrats, Netherlands, Hans Janmaat, party literature, CD-Info

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