This project analyses the drivers behind the rise in extremist parties in individual European states, regions and cities.

Working with a number of European partners, this project involves a series of workshops which offer an opportunity to explore the phenomenon from a range of different national perspectives and discuss cross-cutting trends and policy responses.

A report by Dr Matthew Goodwin, The Right Response: Understanding and Countering Populist Extremism in Europe (2011), argues that populist extremist parties present one of the most pressing challenges to democracies in Europe, and that mainstream parties must rethink their approach to populist extremism. 

The Roots of Extremism: The English Defence League and the Counter-Jihad Challenge (2013) challenges the assumptions about the natural supporters of 'counter-Jihad' groups, by drawing on new data about the English Defence League.

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