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The Radical Right-Wing Populist Party and the Role of Discourse: Case study: the Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ)
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering.
2010 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 30 credits / 45 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis deals with the phenomenon of the Radical Right-Wing Populist Party in Western democracies. Why the RRP party has been chosen as the main actor of this study is its anti-democratic practice of producing xenophobia, racism and racial discrimination. Therefore the questions of interest arose: first which opportunity structures enabled the emergence of RRP parties, and second what was the role of their discourse, as a major tool of the RRP parties, especially in producing racism and discrimination in institutional terms. Moreover the study relies on different discourse analytical approaches to racism, as theory and as a method; as well as on other theoretical approaches which explain the rise of RRP parties and their impact.Different opportunity structures led to their rise and success, which shows that the national context needs to be taken into account. Regarding the discourse, the study shows that due to its hegemonic role to shape and influence the discursive and non-discursive practices, the accomplishment of the goals of the RRP parties was guaranteed. However the study also shows that their discourse should be placed within the national context. Therefore deriving a common formula for the role of their anti-immigrant discourse in making an impact is not possible.The case study of the Austrian Freedom Party FPÖ shows that the use of their anti-immigrant discourse contributed to their electoral success, was very well accepted in the party-system and led to a change of the wider national political discursive practice. In addition, it made an impact on the non-discursive practice, which resulted in adoption of anti-immigrant policies, and furthermore strengthened institutional discrimination.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. , 82 p.
Keyword [en]
radical right-wing Populist Party, RRP party, discourse, discursive practice, anti-immigrant discourse, institutional racism, new racism, institutional discrimination, xenophobia, xeno-otherism
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Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-57474ISRN: LIU-IEI-FIL-A--10/00738—SEOAI: diva2:325815
2010-06-08, IKP3, A building, SE-581 83 LINKÖPING, Linköping University, A building, Corridor 3D, 10:00 (English)
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2010-06-24 Created: 2010-06-20 Last updated: 2010-06-24Bibliographically approved

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