Identifying the Roots of the Reactionary Right: A Comparative Perspective On both sides of the Atlantic, the reactionary right has achieved political relevance. In some places, e.g., as the United States, the UK, France, Norway, Denmark, and Sweden, its political power is manifest. In others, such as Germany, Spain, Belgium, and the Netherlands, its power is relatively latent, but may be easily mobilized. Based on my prior research in the US and Australia, I will present a theoretical and empirical approach that, despite differences in geography and national histories, illustrates why these movements are far more similar than they are different. I will also explain why the persistence of reactionary movements, and why they will be around for a very long time to come.
Christopher Parker is Professor of Political Science at the University of Washington, Seattle. At the moment he is spending a sabbatical in Bergen, Norway. He has written extensively on the reactionary right. Recent publications are:
Christopher S. Parker and Matt A. Barreto. Change They Can’t Believe In: The Tea Party and Reactionary Politics in Contemporary America (Princeton University Press, 2013.).
Christopher S. Parker. Fighting for Democracy: Black Veterans and the Struggle Against White Supremacy in the Postwar South (Princeton University Press, 2009).
Currently, he is working on Haven’t We Seen This [Stuff] Already?: Reactionary Conservatism Before the Tea Party.