Peter H. Merkl

Works

When Parties Prosper
The Uses of Electoral Success

Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2007
This is a follow-up to When Parties Fail (Princeton University Press, 1988) by the same editors. It compares how stable, successful parties in 16 contemporary democracies, from the U.S. to Western and Eastern Europe, Japan, and Latin America, have acquired and maintained their leading roles. Contrasts are drawn with prosperous parties in less stable democracies and with such marginal cases as post-communist Russia under Putin.

The Rift Between America and Old Europe:
The Distracted Eagle

New York: Routledge, 2005
The transatlantic rift of 2002-2004 resulted from disagreements over the Kyoto Protocols, the International Criminal Court, and the role of the UN and international law among nations. A closer look at the foreign policies of the U.S., France, and Germany reveals a very different picture than subsequent distortions from Washington, or Bush’s 2000 campaign talk about “humility in foreign policy.” A weak new presidency was hijacked by a neo-conservative camarilla and led into the transatlantic confrontation.

Rightwing Extremism in the Twenty-first Century
Edited by Peter H. Merkl and Leonard Weinberg, London: Frank Cass, 2003
This is a follow-up to two collections by the same editors, Encounters with the Contemporary Radical Right (Westview Press, 1993) and The Revival of Rightwing Extremism in the Nineties (Frank Cass, 1997), all in response to the explosive growth of the phenomenon throughout Europe, and especially in the post-communist East. The emphasis has been on comparative perspectives and definitions.

A Coup Attempt in Washington?
A European Mirror on the 1998-1999 Constitutional Crisis

New York: Palgrave, 2001
Was the Clinton impeachment the culmination of a six-year Republican effort to unseat him by any means fair or foul? Did it threaten to turn the American presidential system into something more like European parliamentary government? Read the trenchant opinions of knowledgeable foreign, especially European observers which went far beyond snickering at American sexual prudery.

Selected Works

Nonfiction
When Parties Prosper
The Uses of Electoral Success

This is a follow-up to When Parties Fail (Princeton University Press,1988) by the same editors and compares how stable, successful parties in 16 contemporary democracies have acquired and maintained their leading roles.
The Rift Between America and Old Europe:
The Distracted Eagle

The transatlantic rift of 2002-2004 originated mostly from unilateral policies of the Bush administration before the Iraq war.
Rightwing Extremism in the Twenty-first Century
This is a collection of essays on European rightwing extremist movements with emphasis on comparison.
A Coup Attempt in Washington?
A European Mirror on the 1998-1999 Constitutional Crisis

The Clinton impeachment, with all its questionable constitutional details, as seen by the European press.