Globalizing the Right-Wing: Conservative Activism and World Politics


ACLS Fellowship Program


Political Science


Transnational activism by environmental, human rights, and other progressive groups has changed international policy and shaped global culture. Yet these movements do not act unopposed. Recently, powerful right-wing forces have also “gone global.” This interdisciplinary study examines nationalist, religious, and free-market conservatives in transnational debates over gun control, family policy, and genetically modified foods. Analyzing interlocking conflicts in national and international arenas, the study highlights the contending strategies of conservative and progressive forces as they promote their goals and undermine their foes, resulting in a more complete and realistic understanding of transnational politics and an emergent “global civil society."