Participant Institutions

CEI-IUL & ICS-ULisboa

Abstract

Intelligence services have detected a growing Internet activism of the Portuguese Radical Right (PRR) associated with the emergence of two New Euro-American Radical Right (NEAR) streams: the North-American Alt-Right and the European Identitarianism.

Both streams reveal a strong capacity to generate popular youth culture (media-activism, online militancy). The research project analyses the growth of this PRR propelled by the circulation and reproduction of NEAR ideas and practices. The aims are the following:

1) to explain the reproduction of NEAR ideas and practices in Portugal, both online and offline;

2) to map the Portuguese participation in the NEAR international networks;

3) to understand how deeply the NEAR is shaping the on-going developments of the PRR.

Methodologically, the in-depth Portuguese case study will be compared with other successful and unsuccessful foreign cases to assess if and how the NEAR can turn the PRR into a more relevant right wing political player.