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The contemporary radical Right is not merely a series of nationalist projects but a global phenomenon. This book shows how radical conservative thinkers have developed long-term counter-hegemonic strategies that challenge prevailing social and political orders both nationally and internationally. At the heart of this ideological project is a critique of liberal globalisation that seeks to mobilise transversal alliances against a common enemy: the 'New Class' of global managerial elites who are accused of undermining national sovereignty, traditional values, and cultures. 'World of the Right' argues that while the radical Right is far from a unified political movement, its calls for sovereignty, civilisational orders, and multipolarity enable complex, strategic convergences with illiberal states such as China and Russia, as well as states and people in the Global South. The potential consequences for the future of the liberal world order are profound and wide-ranging.


‘A meticulously researched and thought-provoking examination of the contemporary global right-wing movement that is set to profoundly shape international relations as a discipline. Providing essential insights for anyone seeking to comprehend the global right and its impact on the international political landscape, this book will become an invaluable resource for understanding the complex interconnections and dynamics of the radical and conservative right on a global scale.’

Rebecca Adler-Nissen - Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen

‘World of the Right delivers a conceptual map of the global politics of the new radical right, at the same time as it pushes forward our thinking on globality. The radical right is global not only in the sense of its transnational networks, but in constituting itself against putatively global and managerial liberal elites. In crisp and informative prose, World of the Right details the counter-hegemonic strategy of the radical right, its political sociology of a global administrative state, and its critique of the liberal international order. In the course of doing so, the authors detail the radical right's appropriation of Gramsci and develop a piercing analysis of how its global critique is translated into effective national politics. Neither alarmist nor reassuring, World of the Right is an essential guide to a global and local political struggle that has yet to peak.’

Tarak Barkawi - Johns Hopkins University

‘World of the Right shows the rest of the international relations field how an increasingly interconnected network of conservative actors, institutions, and ideas has gone global in an explicitly Gramscian, counter-hegemonic war of ideas against the enemy: The Davos elite and global liberalism.’

Robert Vitalis - The Ronald O. Perelman Center for Politics and Economics, University of Pennsylvania

‘An extremely timely book that addresses an issue of major significance that the discipline of international relations has thus far mostly ignored at its own peril: the politics of the global right. Theoretically robust and empirically eye-opening, the authors have made a major contribution here, and in doing so they have also pointed where IR should go in the twenty-first century.’

Ayşe Zarakol - University of Cambridge

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