Date of Award

Spring 5-20-2017

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)


Annika Hinze, Ph.D.


Modern political discourse rarely makes room for right-wing parties and extremist ideology. They are overlooked, not taken into consideration and disregarded as sources of significant political change. In this thesis, it will be important to look at what constitutes a right-wing party, what their main and uniting ideologies are in order to understand the type of interaction these marginalized parties have with the mainstream and the public. Their newly revived presence in the news and with several upcoming elections in countries like the US, France and Germany is concerning to politicians and scholars because it is unprecedented that such parties garner such extensive support. What lends to this change in modern politics? Is rightist presence something that will soon be normalized or will they simply recede back to the margins? This thesis will lend to this conversation by identifying and deconstructing the relationship between the margins and mainstream to predict the longevity of right-wing parties.