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'Fishhook populism'? From the liberal centre to the far right and back again

Ince, Anthony ORCID: 2023. 'Fishhook populism'? From the liberal centre to the far right and back again. Space and Polity 10.1080/13562576.2023.2196614
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This provocation engages with the often-overlooked role of centrism in the mainstreaming of the far-right, and how they are bridged by the populist right. There are three key mechanisms through which this takes place. First, centrism provides an institutional platform through resonances within and beyond the liberal state; second, it creates discursive space through civic values; and third, it provides ideological opportunities through a realpolitik of ‘rationality’ and ‘balance’. Attention to fascist-enabling practices of the centre, I argue, also highlights how civic values of care can be mobilised by right-populist tendencies through liberal institutions such as civil society and charity.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: In Press
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1356-2576
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 27 March 2023
Date of Acceptance: 23 March 2023
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2023 02:20

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