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

David F. Patton

In September 2017, the Alternative for Germany (AfD) became the first far-right party to join the Bundestag in nearly seventy years. Against the backdrop of Germany's Nazi past, the AfD's advance has been troubling for Germany's established

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The AfD and the End of Containment in Germany?

David Art

The federal elections of 2017 brought a radical right party into parliament for the first time in postwar Germany. This fact alone would have made the rise of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) the central storyline in elections that ultimately

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Eric Langenbacher

noticed. Various international crises bubble up periodically, but nothing has been too dramatic. Syria? Brexit? Trump? The Alternative for Germany (AfD)? The economy chugs along nicely. Holidays in Mallorca, Rügen, and the Salzkammergut are as popular as

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The Alternative for Germany from Breakthrough toward Consolidation?

A Comparative Perspective on Its Organizational Development

E. Gene Frankland

professionalization of leadership (even their party chair received no salary). Table 1:   Election Results for the Pirates and the Alternative for Germany (AfD), 2008–2014 Date Election Pirates % AfD % 27 January 2008 Landtag Lower

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This Was the One for Me

AfD Women's Origin Stories

Christina Xydias

Alternative for Germany (AfD) and Their Voters Veered to the Radical Right, 2013–2017,” Electoral Studies 60 (2019). 16 For the text of Jongen's manifesto, see “AfD Manfest auf ;” available at , accessed 31

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Pulling up the Drawbridge

Anti-Immigrant Attitudes and Support for the Alternative for Germany among Russian-Germans

Michael A. Hansen and Jonathan Olsen

Alternative for Germany (AfD). Various news outlets, for example, have suggested that there has been a “turn towards the radical right” in the Russian-German community; 5 that the “fiercest devotees” of the AfD are ethnic German migrants from the former

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“Revenge of the East”?

The AfD's Appeal in Eastern Germany and Mainstream Parties’ Responses

Jennifer A. Yoder


This article examines the ways the Alternative for Germany (AfD) has claimed to supply eastern voters with important elements of political representation that they demand. Rather than seeking “revenge,” which would suggest voting purely out of protest against a government or policy, the evidence examined in this article suggests that some voters in the East support the AfD to express something else. The reactions of some of the other political parties in the wake of recent elections suggest that they have begun to pay more attention to their roles in the electorate and to the various dimensions of political representation.

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The Left Party Thirty Years After Unification

Losing its Identity?

Jonathan Olsen

nevertheless disappointing 8.6 percent of the vote. Meanwhile a new party, the Alternative for Germany (AfD), appeared on the horizon. Although the AfD failed to clear the 5 percent hurdle in 2013, it began to find resonance after it turned more sharply to the

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A New Blue-Collar Force

The Alternative for Germany and the Working Class

Philipp Adorf

France, the Front National’s Marine Le Pen was able to win around twice as many votes in the second round of the presidential election as her father had obtained fifteen years earlier, while the Alternative for Germany (AfD) secured the third-best result

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Cause or Consequence?

The Alternative for Germany and Attitudes toward Migration Policy

Hannah M. Alarian

Few policies are as connected to the rise of the far right as migration. Even in Germany where nationalistic politics are highly stigmatized, the far-right, Alternative for Germany (AfD) has proven successful in linking itself with nativist