“The recovery of authoritarian traditions: processes, actors and networks”, Alberto Martín Álvarez and Kristina Pirker (CIDOB, Spain)

In Europe, Latin America and the United States the electoral successes and rising popularity of political parties that take nationalist and nativist positions, attack the rights of minorities, women, LGBTQ+ people and migrants, and contest establishment parties and supranational institutions, begs the question of whether a new authoritarian shift or conservative radicalisation is underway at global level with profound political, social and cultural effects. With the aim of contributing new thinking to this debate, issue 132 of Revista CIDOB d’Afers Internacionals gathers texts that seek to reconsider the authoritarian right-wing in the current context. In particular it looks at the revitalisation of conservative practices, discourses and imaginaries in countries on both sides of the Atlantic. Despite the heterogeneity that exists within this ideological universe and the differences between the various local settings, the analyses suggest the presence of both convergences and transfers of ideas, narratives and practices that may be signs of affinities and feelings of belonging that extend beyond national spaces.

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