Oct 202016
 

For the past 15 years or so, I have maintained an extensive collection of references on the Radical/Extreme/Populist/New/Whatever Right in Western Europe. Because I love TeX and other command line tools of destruction, these references live in a large BibTeX file. BibTeX is a well-documented format for bibliographic text files that has been around for decades and can be written and read by a large number of reference managers.

Because BibTeX is so venerable, it’s unsurprising that there is even an R package (RefManageR) that can read and write BibTeX files, effectively turning bibliographic data into a dataset that can be analysed, graphed and otherwise mangled to one’s heart’s desire. And so my totally unscientific analysis of the Radical Right literature (as reflected in my personal preferences and interests) is just three lines of code away:

library("RefManageR")
# read
ex <- ReadBib("/home/kai/Work/bibliography/xr-bibliography/extreme-right-western-europe-bibliography.bib")
tail(sort(table(unlist(ex$year))),5)
year publications
2014 34
2012 38
2000 42
2002 54
2015 57

So 2012, 2014 and 2015(!) saw a lot of publications that ended up on my list, but 2000 and particularly 2002 (the year Jean-Marie Le Pen made it into the second round of the French presidential election) were not bad either. 2013 and 2003 (not listed) were also relatively strong years, with 33 publications each.

To get a more complete overview, it’s best to plot the whole time series (ignoring some very old titles):

years.png

There is a distinct upwards trend all through the 1990s, a post-millenial decline in the mid-naughties (perhaps due to the fact that I completed a book manuscript then and became temporarily negligent in my collector’s duties, but I don’t think so), and then a new peak during the last five years, undoubtedly driven by recent political events and countless eager postdocs and PhD students. I’m just beginning to understand the structure of data objects that RefManageR creates from my bibliography, but I think it’s time for some league tables next.

  13 Responses to “Five bumper years for Radical Right research”

  1. RT @kai_arzheimer: From the vault: Five bumper years for Radical Right research https://t.co/8LLG89Zeju

  2. RT @kai_arzheimer: From the vault: Five bumper years for Radical Right research https://t.co/8LLG89Zeju

  3. RT @kai_arzheimer: From the vault: Five bumper years for Radical Right research https://t.co/8LLG89Zeju

  4. RT @kai_arzheimer: From the vault: Five bumper years for Radical Right research https://t.co/8LLG89Zeju

  5. RT @kai_arzheimer: From the vault: Five bumper years for Radical Right research https://t.co/SvbDsUough

  6. 2015 = global maximum in my database of scientific writings on the Radical Right, but 2002 = close 2nd https://t.co/mF0clTgL6S

  7. RT @kai_arzheimer: My Radical Right bibliography has 57 items published in 2015.
    That’s 3 times the 1981-2016 yearly average https://t.co/m…

  8. RT @kai_arzheimer: New blog: Five Bumper Years for Radical Right Research https://t.co/o7V1Rvqhwx https://t.co/eD7IZWxzgC

  9. RT @kai_arzheimer: My Radical Right bibliography has 57 items published in 2015.
    That’s 3 times the 1981-2016 yearly average https://t.co/m…

  10. My Radical Right bibliography has 57 items published in 2015.
    That’s 3 times the 1981-2016 yearly average… https://t.co/VmZZuzts7f

  11. RT @kai_arzheimer: New blog: Five Bumper Years for Radical Right Research https://t.co/o7V1Rvqhwx https://t.co/eD7IZWxzgC

  12. RT @kai_arzheimer: New blog: Five Bumper Years for Radical Right Research https://t.co/o7V1Rvqhwx https://t.co/eD7IZWxzgC

  13. RT @kai_arzheimer: New blog: Five Bumper Years for Radical Right Research https://t.co/o7V1Rvqhwx https://t.co/eD7IZWxzgC

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