Party-Political Responses to the Alternative for Germany in Comparative Perspective

in German Politics and Society
David F. Patton Government and International Relations, Connecticut College, USA

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In September 2017, the Alternative for Germany (AfD) became the first far-right party to join the Bundestag in nearly seventy years. Yet, it was not the first time that a challenger party entered the parliament to the chagrin of the political establishment. After introducing the AfD, the bhe, the Greens, and the Party of Democratic Socialism (pds), the article analyzes how established parties treated the newcomers and why they did so. This comparative perspective offers insights into the AfD's challenge, how distinctive the policies toward the AfD have been, and why the established parties have dealt with the AfD as they have.

Contributor Notes

David F. Patton, who is the Joanne Toor Cummings ‘50 Professor of Government and International Relations at Connecticut College in New London, Connecticut, teaches classes on European politics. Patton has published books and articles on German foreign policy, political regionalism, and German party politics.

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