Selective tolerance and the radical right

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In recent decades, there has been increased tolerance within many countries towards a range of previous out-groups. This has been displayed most dramatically in the growing acceptance of the LGBT community. Some radical right organisations are also expressing tolerance towards the very same out-groups which they once reviled. We postulate that the radical right strategically uses tolerance to increase its own support and to impose costs on another out-group – Muslims – who are judged to be hostile to the tolerated groups. We provide a theoretical analysis and contrasting case studies that help explain the conditions under which radical right organisations will, or will not, display tolerance towards out-groups.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)144-167
Number of pages24
Issue number2
Early online date22 May 2020
Publication statusPublished - May 2020


  • Islamophobia
  • radical right
  • tolerance


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