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Cause or Consequence?

The Alternative for Germany and Attitudes toward Migration Policy

Hannah M. Alarian

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Does a far-right electoral victory change mainstream support for migration policy? Although we know how migration can shape support for the far-right, we know little about the inverse. This article addresses this question, exploring whether an Alternative for Germany (AfD) candidate's election changes non-far-right voter attitudes toward migration policies. In combining the German Longitudinal Election Study Short-Term Campaign panel with federal electoral returns, I find the AfD's 2017 success significantly altered migration attitudes. Specifically, policy support for immigration and asylum declined precipitously where an AfD candidate won the plurality of first votes. Yet these voters were also more likely to support multicultural policies for current immigrants. Successful AfD candidates therefore appear to enable both an endorsement of xenophobic rhetoric and a rejection of cultural assimilation.

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Jean-Paul Gagnon and George Vasilev

action to address the very deficiencies crippling existing democratic practice. In today’s world, such deficiencies include citizen disengagement, de-democratization and regression toward authoritarianism, far right populism, accountability deficits among

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Sarah Wiliarty and Louise K. Davidson-Schmich

representing ideas formerly considered taboo in contemporary domestic politics and foreign policy. Joyce Marie Mushaben's “A Spectre Haunting Europe: Angela Merkel and the Challenges of Far-Right Populism” addresses both the systemic and individual

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A challenging prospect for regionalism

Ernesto Vivares

threatened the liberal international order and globalization in LA but the same outcomes of its historical structures, international insertion, and current governmental orientations (far-right populism, state repression, xenophobia, massive migrations

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Joyce Marie Mushaben, Shelley Baranowski, Trevor J. Allen, Sabine von Mering, Stephen Milder, Volker Prott, and Peter C. Pfeiffer

analyses in this section, given that the focus on the British Isles and Iberia leaves much of Europe untouched. The final section considers two issues related to “new nationalism:” the rise of far right populism and European enlargement. Although each of

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Clay Clemens

obliging a Union already in disarray to forge Germany’s next government despite unprecedented party system fragmentation and societal polarization, all fueled by rising far right populism. Therefore, both the election and its aftermath ensured even deeper

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Mobilizing Meanings

Translocal Identities of the Far Right Web

Patricia Anne Simpson

above, Weiss makes connections between the fascist past and present at a time when extremism of that complexion existed primarily at the margins of East German society. Today, far-right populism mobilizes a different set of signifiers to achieve an