Explaining Far-Right Electoral Successes in Germany: The Politicization of Immigration-Related Issues

in German Politics and Society
Roger Karapin City University of New York

Search for other papers by Roger Karapin in
Current site
Google Scholar
Restricted access

Most explanations that have been advanced regarding the recent

successes of far-right parties in Western Europe suggest that these

parties should have also done well in Germany. With a high percapita

income and a strong export-oriented economy, Germany has

experienced large-scale immigration, a shift toward postindustrial

occupations, economic restructuring, unemployment, and social

marginalization of the poorest strata. These socioeconomic developments

have been accompanied by political responses which

should also benefit the far right: political parties have lost credibility, non-voting has increased, and ecological parties have become

established and have spurred environmental, feminist, and proimmigrant


  • Collapse
  • Expand