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Alternative for Germany – More than a Fleeting Phenomenon
Alternative for Germany – More than a Fleeting Phenomenon

Author(s): Marianna Dudášová
Subject(s): Governance, International relations/trade, Security and defense, Migration Studies, Sociology of Politics
Published by: Akadémiai Kiadó
Keywords: populist radical right parties; Alternative for Germany; The Republicans; electoral breakthrough; electoral persistence;

Summary/Abstract: In this paper, the prospects of the political party Alternative for Germany (AfD) are examined on the basis of demand and supply factors which favor a party’s electoral breakthrough and longtime persistence. It will be argued that although the party is currently profiting mainly from growing disillusion with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s open-door refugee policy, it should not be treated as a single-issue (anti-immigrant) phenomenon. Building on a comparison with its unsuccessful predecessor, The Republicans, we argue that the party is better equipped to deal with factors usually obstructing the success of populist right parties in Germany.

  • Issue Year: 39/2017
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 429-449
  • Page Count: 21
  • Language: English