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Movement parties of the far right: The organization and strategies of nativist collective actors

Andrea Pirro, Pietro Castelli Gattinara

Despite theoretical commonalities, very little empirical research
has focused on far-right “movement parties” as collective actors operating both in the protest and
the electoral arenas. The article redresses this inconsistency by exploring the organizational and
strategic configuration of two far-right collective actors—the Hungarian Jobbik and the Italian
CasaPound.

Type: Journal Article
Year: 2018

The scholarship on the far right has often interpreted nativist organizations as straddling the
conceptual space between party and movement. These groups contest elections in order to gain
representation in office, yet they also seek to mobilize public support to engage contentious
issues like social movements. Despite theoretical commonalities, very little empirical research
has focused on far-right “movement parties” as collective actors operating both in the protest and
the electoral arenas. The article redresses this inconsistency by exploring the organizational and
strategic configuration of two far-right collective actors—the Hungarian Jobbik and the Italian
CasaPound. Deploying original interviews with high-ranking officials, the analysis enhances our
understanding of the internal “supply side” of the far right as well as empirical knowledge on
hybrid organizations that emerge from grassroots activism and successively organize to pursue
the electoral option.

Andrea L. P. Pirro and Pietro Castelli Gattinara (2018) MOVEMENT PARTIES OF THE FAR RIGHT: THE ORGANIZATION AND STRATEGIES OF NATIVIST COLLECTIVE ACTORS. Mobilization: An International Quarterly: September 2018, Vol. 23, No. 3, pp. 367-383.

https://doi.org/10.17813/1086-671X-23-3-367

News

14/09/2018

Andrea Pirro appointed as new editor of East European Politics

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Andrea Pirro has been recently appointed as new editor of the journal East European Politics published by Taylor and Francis.

31/08/2018

Volkswagen foundation Grant 2018 for Manuela Caiani

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Manuela Caiani has been awarded the Volkswagen Grant 2018 for the research project Popular Music as a Medium for the Mainstreaming of Populist Ideologies in Europe, that will be directed by Mario Dunkel (University Carl von Ossietzky of Oldenburg, Germany).

30/07/2018

ERC Starting Grant 2018 for Alice Mattoni

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Alice Mattoni, Research Fellow at COSMOS and Assistant Professor at the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the Scuola Normale Superiore, has been awarded the ERC Starting Grant 2018 for the research project BIT-ACT: Bottom-up initiative and anti-corruption technologies: how citizens use ICTs to fight corruption.

Publications

Journal Article - 2018

Movement parties of the far right: The organization and strategies of nativist collective actors

Andrea Pirro, Pietro Castelli Gattinara
Despite theoretical commonalities, very little empirical research has focused on far-right “movement parties” as collective actors operating both in the protest and the electoral arenas. The article redresses this inconsistency by exploring the organizational and strategic configuration of two far-right collective actors—the Hungarian Jobbik and the Italian CasaPound.

Journal Article - 2018

New Technologies as a Neglected Social Movement Outcome: The Case of Activism against Animal Experimentation

Manès Weisskircher
Based on novel empirical research, this paper analyzes a crucial and understudied case of a movement pushing for new technologies: the animal rights movement and its efforts to push for alternatives to animal experimentation.