Date of Award

Spring 5-2016

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Political Science, International Development, and International Affairs

Committee Chair

Dr. Joseph St. Marie

Committee Chair Department

Political Science, International Development, and International Affairs

Committee Member 2

Dr. Robert Pauly Jr.

Committee Member 2 Department

Political Science, International Development, and International Affairs

Committee Member 3

Dr. Tom Lansford

Committee Member 3 Department

Political Science, International Development, and International Affairs

Committee Member 4

Dr. Marek Steedman

Committee Member 4 Department

Political Science, International Development, and International Affairs

Abstract

Euroscepticism has steadily increased since the late 1990s, culminating in the emergence and success of numerous Eurosceptic and anti-establishment parties at the national and international level. Though often considered fascist and extremist, these groups have successfully achieved recognition and mainstream support as their once non-traditional ideas have become the norm. It is argued that these groups are a new class of social movement organization, a modern-day manifestation of fascism to be called Millennial Eurosceptic Populism. What conditions have allowed for these groups to emerge and attain such levels of success? Analysis utilizing fsQCA will test variables from McAdam’s Political Process Model (1982) and the proposed Organizational/ Opportunity Theory in order to determine their efficacy and the causal conditions leading to Millennial Fascist Group success.

ORCID ID

0000-0002-2710-8340