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Political extremism in democracies : combating intolerance

Author: William M Downs
Publisher: New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.
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"Political Extremism in Democracies: Combating Intolerance is a theoretically inspired, empirically rich study of political parties that have been branded as untouchable pariahs. Democracy's painful paradox seems to require tolerance of the intolerant, but democracy's defenders instead often ostracize and repress illiberal parties even when they enjoy broad electoral support. Drawing evidence from systematic  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William M Downs
ISBN: 9780230340794 0230340792
OCLC Number: 757475532
Description: xvi, 238 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Contents: Pariahs in their midst: organized extremism and the problem of tolerance in contemporary democracies --
Ignore, isolate, co-opt, collaborate, or ban?: mapping strategic responses to pariah parties --
Determinants of democratic defensiveness --
Is the Cordon Sanitaire effective? --
The moderating effects of incumbency? --
Responding to political extremism without succumbing to it --
Ban the bans, but guard the threshold?: "lessons" from old to new democracies.
Responsibility: William M. Downs.

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When political 'extremists' - organized into parties that compete openly and successfully in democratic elections - enter the conventional institutional arena, how do mainstream actors react? This  Read more...

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