Spring 2016 Events

Wednesday, Jan 27: Cas Mudde, Associate Professor, School of Public and International Affairs, University of Georgia

"2015: A Transformative Year in Far Right Politics?"

Thursday, Feb 18: Alina Polyakova, Deputy Director, Eurasia Center, Atlantic Council 

"The Rise of Far-Right Nationalism in Europe and the Russia Angle: Implications for International Security and Foreign Policy"

Wednesday, April 6: Theda Skocpol, Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology, Harvard University

"The Koch Effect: The Impact of a Cadre-Led Network on American Politics"

Wednesday, April 13: Yiannis Gabriel, Chair in Organisational Studies, University of Bath, School of Management

"Nostalgia and conspiracy theories in right wing ideologies – The case of New Dawn in Greece and the risks for Europe"


Read more about these events here.

Alina Polyakova on "What's Left of Europe if the Far Right Has Its Way?"

Dr. Alina Polyakova, CRWS affliated scholar and Deputy Director of the Eurasia Center at the Atlantic Council, has a new policy brief in which she and co-author Anton Shekhovtsov argue that "the far right's growing electoral appeal paired with the mainstream center left and center right failure to present an alternative, sets Europ on a course toward a new political reality.  The US has a role to play in helping Europe through this crisis of illiberal politics."  Read more here.

Karen Trapenberg Frick on "Citizen activism, conservative views and mega planning in a digital era"

An article by CRWS affiliated scholar, Karen Trapenberg Frick (City and Regional Planning, UC Berkeley) was just published in the journal Planning Theory and Practice (Volume 17, Issue 1).  In the article, Trapenberg Frick presents new research on conservative citizen activists, who effectively use "technology outside of official channels to participate and mobilize" in opposition to regional planning in Atlanta, Georgia and the San Francisco Bay Area. "I find activists use new media in combination with traditional strategies to communicate, organize, market their cause and refine tactics. The new media facilitates their channeling of deeply held emotions into the production, performance and circulation of counter-narratives that destabilize the planning process as conventionally understood. Planners' responses are largely reactive and catching up to the challenge. As a result, planners I interviewed are rethinking civic engagement in a digital era." Read more here.


Sara Diamond Collection Now Available

Research materials on the religious and political right gathered by Sara Diamond during the 1980s and 1990s are now available for scholars to access at the University of California at Berkeley's Bancroft Library.

The collection consists of 66 linear feet of materials (50 cartons, 1 box, 6 oversize boxes) that document organizations, individuals, and topics connected to right-wing movements in the United States, mainly in the 1980s and 1990s but also, to some extent, in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. Included are mailings; newspapers, magazines, and other publications generated by right-wing organizations; correspondence; conference brochures and handouts; books published by right-wing individuals and organizations; reports; news clippings; and assorted other research material.

View the collection's finding aid. Read about the collection and how to access it.


The New Nationalism and the First World War - Now Available

The New Nationalism and the First World War, edited by Lawrence Rosenthal and Vesna Rodic (Palgrave/Macmillan Press, October 2014), examines the rise of a new form of nationalism at the end of the nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth centuries. This acrimonious new conception of the nation was tied to the vast social disruptions emerging in the urbanizing and industrializing modern world. Earlier, the ethnocentrism of imperialism had defined the "Other" outside national boundaries. Now that dialectic turned inward as well, aiming to define a collective identity by seeking an "enemy within." Taking an interdisciplinary approach, this volume examines the new conceptions of national identity present in nationalist movements across a variety of geopolitical contexts in pre-First World War years. It is dedicated to a transnational study of the features of the turn-of-the-century nationalism, their manifestations in social and political arenas and the arts and their influence on the development of the global-scale conflict that was the First World War.

To read more about the book and authors, click here. To purchase a copy of the book, click here.

Steep: The Precipitous Rise of the Tea Party

Steep: The Precipitous Rise of the Tea Party (University of California Press, August 2012), edited by Lawrence Rosenthal and Christine Trost is now available from UC Press.

In the Spring of 2009, the Tea Party emerged onto the American political scene. In the wake of Obama's election, as commentators proclaimed the "death of conservatism," Tax Day rallies and Tea Party showdowns at congressional town hall meetings marked a new and unexpected chapter in American conservatism. Accessible to students and general readers,Steep: The Precipitous Rise of the Tea Party brings together leading scholars and experts on the American Right to examine a political movement that electrified American society. Topics addressed by the volume's contributors include the Tea Party's roots in earlier mass movements of the Right and in distinctive forms of American populism and conservatism, the significance of class, race and gender to the rise and successes of the Tea Party, the effect of the Tea Party on the Republican Party, the relationship between the Tea Party and the Religious Right, and the contradiction between the grass-roots nature of the Tea Party and the established political financing behind it. Throughout the volume, authors provide detailed and often surprising accounts of the movement's development at local and national levels. In an Epilogue, the Editors address the relationship between the Tea Party and the Occupy Wall Street movement.

To order a copy and/or read more about the book click here.

Bibliography of Academic Theses and Dissertations on the American Right

CRWS is pleased to make available Ernie's Lazar's extensive bibliography of academic theses and PhD dissertations on the American Right. Mr. Lazar has spent three decades collecting archival material on the right wing and is committed to making his work available to a wide audience of researchers. The bibliography is organized thematically and some of its citations go back more than 50 years. To our knowledge, this is the most exhaustive directory of its kind available on line or elsewhere.

Read more about the Bibliography here.

CRWS People for the American Way Collection of Conservative Political Ephemera and Broadcasting, 1980-2004, Now Available

In June of 2010, People for the American Way (PFAW) donated its vast and unique collection of political ephemera and video broadcasting on the American Right to CRWS.

The paper archive has been processed and is now permanently housed at UC Berkeley's prestigious Bancroft Library, one of the largest and most heavily used libraries of manuscripts, rare books, and unique materials in the United States, which is open to students and scholars from around the world.  Comprised of approximately 1,220 organizations, 300 individual files, and 80 rare right-wing magazines and newspapers, the Collection charts the flourishing movements of American conservatism from the 1980s to the early twenty-first century. The materials in the collection, which include organizations' and individuals' pamphlets, direct mailings, publications, speeches, conference programs, internal financial records, membership lists, fundraising strategies, voter guides, manuals, and biographies document the ideological orientations, policy positions, talking points, and organizational structures and strategies of hundreds of right-wing organizations, individuals, and publications. A large portion of the collection focuses specifically on documents associated with the "religious right." Of particular interest (due to scope) are materials pertaining to the American Family Association, Christian Coalition, Coalition for Better TV, Concerned Women for America, Family Research Council, the Moral Majority, and the Pat Robertson Papers. Additionally, there are comprehensive collections of the following publications: Charisma & Christian LifeChalcedon Report,ChronicleFocus on the Family and New American. Issues covered in the Collection include political strategy and tactics, taxation, race, guns, the judiciary, marriage, homosexuality, foreign policy, the military, and the role of religion in American politics. It is our hope that political scientists, sociologists, historians, legal scholars, policy makers, and other scholars will use the collection to illuminate our historical and social understanding of the American Right.

The video archive contains over 2,000 DVDs with content transferred from PFAW's videotape collection of network and cable broadcasting, widely documenting year-to-year developments among major figures and organizations of the right. Televangelist broadcasts occupy a good portion of the archive, including such television programs as Pat Robertson's 700 Club, The Old Time Gospel Hour, and Falwell Live, among others. In many instances the archive directory indicates the guests or issues covered on a particular show. The archive also includes speeches by important figures on the right (e.g. Ronald Reagan, Pat Buchanan); coverage of important Congressional proceedings (e.g. the Bork nomination); coverage of important conservative events (e.g., The Conservative Political Action Convention); and one-off productions on particular subjects by right-wing groups (e.g., Falwell's film on the Clintons, Circle of Power). The video archive is housed at the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues at the University of California at Berkeley, which is also the home of the Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies.  Scholars who are interested in obtaining access to the video archive may contact CRWS Program Director and ISSI Associate Director, Dr. Christine Trost (ctrost AT berkeley.edu).

To read more about the materials in the Collection and how to access them, click here.