Authoritarianism, Fascism, and National Populism
This definitive contribution to social science literature describes German's general theory of authoritarianism in modem society, and applies it to authoritarian movements and regimes likely to merge out of the social mobilization of the middle and lower classes. Germani analyzes the nature, conditions, and determinants of authoritarianism in the context of Latin American political and social developments and compares it to European fascist movements.
"... A stimulating book. It will provoke discussion and contribute to a more profound understanding of the phenomena that have shaped, and are shaping, our world."
—A. James Gregor, American Political Science Review
“This book’s main argument is that fascism proper should be seen as primarily a middle-class reactionary movement, while lower-class authoritarianism of the Argentinian sort demands a separate category, which Germani calls national populism. . . . The book is an inductive attempt to derive from two closely argued empirical cases a theory of two pathways leading from the breakdown of democracy to authoritarianism: one the better-known route from middle-class mobilization to fascism, the other the less familiar route from lower-class mobilization to authoritarian populism. . . . Institutional and interpretive analyses complement the quantitative ones, making the empirical sections of the book singularly compelling.”
—Barbara Celarent, American Journal of Sociology
"His primary interest here is in processes at the intermediate level, not at a macro level. The book shows how rewarding analysis at this level can be. It is a major contribution to the sociological literature on fascism and authoritarianism."
—John R. Low-Beer, Contemporary Sociology