C-REX has a multi-dimensional, cross-disciplinary, comparative and global approach to the study of right-wing extremism and far-right politics.
C-REX studies right-wing extremism as both an ideology and as ideologically justified violence. This provides an understanding of the causes and consequences of right-wing extremism, as well as how liberal democracies successfully should defend themselves against violent right-wing activism.
The center unites perspectives from political science, sociology, history, anthropology, criminology, psychology, and media studies, providing theoretical and methodological pluralism. This cross-disciplinary approach allows us to study the formation of extreme right attitudes and behavior as well as the ideological and organizational development of far-right politics at the transnational, national and local levels.
We apply comparative perspectives to study processes of radicalization, the role of gender, engagement and disengagement among right-wing and other types of extremism. Through these comparative perspectives we are able to understand the extent to which right-wing extremism is similar to and different from other forms of political and religious extremism.
C-REX acknowledges that the far right landscape is truly global. Through some of its projects, the center is challenging the existing (Western) Eurocentrism in the field. In doing so, we are able to develop a more general understanding of the causes and consequences of far-right politics, protest and violence.
Five research themes
- Ideology and identity
- Violence and hate crime
- Gender and extremism
- Parties and movements
- Prevention and intervention