Right in Ascendance or Mainstream in Decline?

“The main reason why the old mainstream parties have failed to contain the rise of populist movements is because they stand discredited in the eyes of sections of the electorate. They not only lack the political arguments to reverse this state of affairs but also the political language to communicate across the cultural divide.”

“What we see is not the triumph of the populist right but implosion of the traditional parties of government in many parts of Europe.”


Professor Frank Furedi is the author of Authority: A Sociological Introduction, Cambridge University Press, 2013.

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