Lars Erik Berntzen

Lars Erik Berntzen
University of Bergen | UiB · Department of Comparative Politics

PhD

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Introduction
Current research interests: The far right, online mobilization and affective polarization. Methods and techniques: Network analysis & survey experiments. Currently working on: Affective, identity-based polarization in Western Europe.
Additional affiliations
March 2019 - present
University of Bergen
Position
  • PostDoc Position
August 2017 - February 2019
University of Oslo
Position
  • Researcher
Education
August 2013 - February 2018
European University Institute
Field of study
  • Political Science/Sociology

Publications

Publications (25)
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Anders Behring Breivik, a lone wolf terrorist, killed 77 people in two terrorist attacks in Norway in 2011. This study uses framing theory from social movement studies to compare his Manifesto with the rhetoric of the anti-Islamic movement that inspired him. The anti-Islamic movement has a dual, and sometimes inconsistent, collective action framing...
Thesis
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This thesis is about the anti-Islamic turn and expansion of the far right in Europe and beyond between 2001 and 2017. The anti-Islamic far right has undergone four waves of expansion in this period, driven by terror attacks and other moral shocks. Their leaders and ideologues have varied backgrounds ranging from far-left to far-right before joining...
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The populist radical right is frequently engaged in intense political and normative conflict with their political opponents. Does this have a spillover effect on citizens’ sympathies for populist radical right voters and the voters of their political antagonists, and if so, why? This is a study of citizens’ affective evaluation of radical right and...
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This study maps and seeks to explain the evolution of far-right responses to the July 22 terrorist attacks in 2011. We identify substantial temporal and spatial variation in how different far-right actors responded between 2011 and 2021. These findings present us with four puzzles: First, why was Breivik rejected by the far right in Western Europe,...
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Prominent cases of terror attacks planned and perpetrated by individuals have generated an ongoing public and academic debate about how to understand this phenomenon. The moniker "lone wolf " stands at the center of this debate. In this Research Note, we highlight three overarching points of criticism levelled at the use of this term: one conceptua...
Book
This book explores the anti-Islamic turn and expansion of the far right in Western Europe, North America and beyond from 2001 and onwards. Driven by terror attacks and other moral shocks, the anti-Islamic cause has undergone four waves of transnational expansion in the period since 2001. The leaders and intellectuals involved have varied backgroun...
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Ytre høyre er en sekkebetegnelse vi bruker for henholdsvis høyreekstreme og høyreradikale ideologier. Det er et politisk fenomen som oppsto i mellomkrigstiden, og som kulminerte under andre verdenskrig, og vi har fortsatt et behov for å forklare hvordan disse kreftene kunne vinne makt i demokratiske land. Det førte Europa ut i ruin, knuste demokrat...
Data
The 3,654 groups as part of their respective clusters in the anti-Islamic network, March 2015 (N = 18). Node size reflects number of groups in the given cluster. Red indicates clusters dominated by explicitly anti-Islamic groups, black marks extreme-right clusters, blue other right-wing clusters, yellow for media outlets and green for “progressive”...
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The far right has undergone two parallel changes since the turn of the millennium: the shift to the web; and the increased focus on Islam and Muslims. This chapter takes both of these shifts into account, using network analysis to trace anti-Islamic organizations’ Facebook ties in March 2015 and 2016. It shows that PEGIDA and the English Defence Le...
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This chapter examines the anti-Islamic mobilization of activists on Facebook by analyzing the ideas and sentiments expressed in 298 groups, containing approximately five million members from 182 countries for a short period in 2016. Two patterns emerge. First, and contrary to expectations, many anti-Islamic activists express views aligned with the...
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This paper examines variations in the legitimacy of far right initiatives from the point of view of ordinary citizens using survey experimental data. The experiments were fielded in Norway in 2015. Current scholarship assumes substantial and politically consequential variation in the legitimacy of far right political initiatives. Our study contribu...
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The rise of anti-Islamic PEGIDA (Patriotische Europäer gegen die Islamisierung des Abendlandes) is one of the latest sustained episodes of radical right mobilisation in Western Europe outside the electoral arena. This study provides a first comparative analysis of PEGIDA beyond Germany and its core region of Saxony. Combining protest event analysis...
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Terrorism is a cultural bricolage and terrorists are inspired by a wide range of political ideologies and stories. In this study of the terrorist attacks that occurred in Norway in 2011, we reveal how the perpetrator was influenced not only by political rhetoric, but also by the cultural script of school shootings. Anders Behring Breivik was social...

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