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About Cas Mudde

I am an Associate Professor in the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Georgia. I was born in the Netherlands, where I received my MA and PhD at Leiden University. Having held tenure-related positions at Central European University (Budapest, Hungary), the University of Edinburgh (UK), and the University of Antwerp (Belgium), I moved to the US in 2008, where I have been a Visiting Professor at the University of Oregon (2008-9), a Visiting Fellow at the University of Notre Dame (2009-10), and Nancy Schaenen Visiting Scholar (2010-11) and Hampton and Esther Boswell Distinguished University Professor of Political Science (2011-12) at DePauw University.
My primary research agenda is build around the crucial question: How can liberal democracies defend themselves against extremist challenges without undermining their own core values? Building upon an earlier developed typology of extremist challenges to liberal democracy, which distinguishes between the aims and means of the challengers, I aim to answer this question from both an empirical and normative perspective, looking for as well as developing 'best practices.'
My work is primarily conceptual and empirical in nature. After an initial focus on Western Europe, I have expanded my primary focus to both Eastern and Western Europe and developed a secondary interest in North and South America as well as Israel. The bulk of my research has been within the field of extremism and democracy, particularly populist radical right parties. Secondary interests include civil society, conceptualization, democratization, Euroskepticism, political parties, and political ideologies.
From 2013 till 2015 I was the editor of the Working Paper series on Political Concepts and on Political Methodology of the IPSA Committee on Concepts and Methods. As of Summer 2015 I am co-editor of the European Journal of Political Research (EJPR), the flagship journal of the European Consortium of Political Research (ECPR).
I am currently working (on and off) on a diverse set of research projects in comparative politics and political methodology.
As the (provisional)end of this long-term project Cristóbal Rovira Kaltwasser) and I are writing "Populism: A Very Short Introduction" for Oxford University Press. We hope to finish the book manuscript in Summer 2015 and have the book out in print in 2016.
This ongoing project with Sivan Hirsch-Hoefler should result in a book, provisionally entitled "The Israeli Settler Movement: Assessing and Explaining Social Movement Success", which is under contract with Cambridge University Press. Applying a broad theoretical framework, in particular social movement theories, we hope to better understand what explains the Israeli Settler Movement's enduring success and try to learn lessons about social movements in general.
This ongoing project critically analyzes how western democracies deal with (perceived) political threats and assesses whether the cure (state repression) is better or worse than the disease (the threat). I am focusing on state responses in North America and Europe to a broad range of (perceived) threats, including so-called anti-globalization movements, eco-terrorism, far right parties, and international terrorism.
My side project, on which I work on and off, is a monograph that analyzes the main political positions expressed in Oi! music. The book will focus mainly on the political views of British Oi acts in the explosive period of the late 1970s and 1980s with political events like the miners strike and Margaret Thatcher's "iron rule".
I regularly contribute to non-academic journals and newspapers. I have written for Guardian, Open Democracy, Reuters, and the Washington Post (Monkey Cage).
I am also (very) active on Twitter. You can follow me at @casmudde


Present School of Public and International Affairs, University of Georgia
Present Associate Professor, University of Georgia

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School of Public and International Affairs
University of Georgia
Candler Hall 329
Athens, GA 30602-1492
United States


Concepts & Methods (2)

Extremism & Democracy (76)