The New Authoritarianism

Vol. 2: A Risk Analysis of the European Alt-Right Phenomenon

Edited by Alan Waring. Foreword by George Boustras.

ibidem Press

The New Authoritarianism

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Pub Date: April 2019

ISBN: 9783838212630

442 Pages

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ISBN: 9783838272634

442 Pages

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The New Authoritarianism

Vol. 2: A Risk Analysis of the European Alt-Right Phenomenon

Edited by Alan Waring. Foreword by George Boustras.

ibidem Press

This two-volume book considers from a risk perspective the current phenomenon of the new Alt-Right authoritarianism and whether it represents ‘real’ democracy or an unacceptable hegemony potentially resulting in elected dictatorships and abuses as well as dysfunctional government. Contributing authors represent an eclectic range of disciplines, including cognitive, organizational and political psychology, sociology, history, political science, international relations, linguistics and discourse analysis, and risk analysis. The Alt-Right threats and risk exposures, whether to democracy, human rights, law and order, social welfare, racial harmony, the economy, national security, the environment, and international relations, are identified and analysed across a number of selected countries. While Vol. 1 (ISBN 978-3-8382-1153-4) focusses on the U.S., Vol. 2 illuminates the phenomenon in the United Kingdom, Austria, France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Italy, Hungary, and Russia. Potential strategies to limit the Alt-Right threat are proposed.
This two-volume book is like building a tapestry. Threads are put together in a skillful and professional way to create a whole. But it is not decorative. It is as hard as it gets. It does not pull any punches in successfully raising consciousness about the Alt-Right and the threats it poses to democratic societies. Antony A. Vass, Middlesex University
Extreme attitudes are more commonplace than we might expect, but when they are perceived as mainstream, such repositioning can be used to legitimize extreme acts. In consideration of such risks, the editor has assembled a fine array of contributors to produce a rounded and accessible analysis of the 'alternative right.' The result is thought-provoking, necessarily reflective, and scholarly, with lessons for all of us. Ashley Weinberg, senior lecturer in psychology, University of Salford
This phenomenal work is a major contribution to our understanding of the risks facing democracies from the rising new authoritarianism. It will establish itself and remain a major reference work for generations to come. Antony A. Vass, emeritus professor, criminologist, penologist, legal consultant, sociologist, psychologist, and psychotherapist
A refreshingly different analytical focus for the phenomenon of resurgent authoritarianism now evident in populist and radical right-wing politics. The first book on the alternative right to explicitly frame the narrative around a risk analysis. George Boustras, professor in risk assessment, European University Cyprus, and director of the Center for Risk and Decision Science

About the Author

Alan Waring holds a PhD from Westminster University. For over 30 years, he was an international risk management consultant on a range of corporate, strategic and operational risk issues to government departments, institutions, and large corporations, in many countries. He has held academic roles at Tsinghua University in Beijing, the Centre for Corporate Governance and Financial Policy at Hong Kong Baptist University, and the European University Cyprus. His books include Managing Risk (1998), Corporate Risk and Governance (2013), and Practical Systems Thinking (1996).