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The Enduring Effect of Immigration Attitudes on Vote Choice

Evidence from the 2021 German Federal Election

Hannah M. Alarian

support for their xenophobic and racist message from an ideologically diverse electorate as early as 2013. 2 German far-right parties, eternally stoking immigration fears, sought to capitalize on such movements to court non-voters ( Nichtwähler ) and

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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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Antisemitism in the “Alternative for Germany” Party

Samuel Salzborn

comparable to the other populist-oriented movements operating on the right-wing fringes of other European countries. 17 Perhaps the closest comparison would be to the Freedom Party of Austria (Freiheitliche Partei Österreichs), a far-right party with a

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This Was the One for Me

AfD Women's Origin Stories

Christina Xydias

representation indicates that parties with fewer women officeholders are also parties less engaged in promoting women's rights and interests. 8 In light of this characterization of far right parties, how do women officeholders in Germany's Alternative for

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

Roger Karapin

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


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Progress But Still No Présidente

Women and the 2012 French Presidential Elections

Rainbow Murray

Several women vied to be elected France's new president in 2012. These included Ségolène Royal, former Socialist presidential candidate in 2007, and Martine Aubry, Socialist party leader. Both these women were defeated by Fran?ois Hollande in the Socialist primary. In the main election, Marine le Pen garnered many headlines as the new leader of the controversial far-right party, the Front national. This article considers the campaigns and the media coverage of these women, as well as highlights the impact for women of the scandal surrounding disgraced politician Dominique Strauss-Kahn. The policy proposals of the different candidates are evaluated, before concluding with a discussion of the future prospects for women. There is some evidence of progress for women since the previous election, but women are still far from achieving full political equality in France.

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A Spectre Haunting Europe

Angela Merkel and the Challenges of Far-Right Populism

Joyce Marie Mushaben


Germany's 2017 elections marked the first time since 1949 that a far-right party with neo-Nazi adherents crossed the 5 percent threshold, entering the Bundestag. Securing nearly 13 percent of the vote, the Alternative for Germany (AfD) impeded Chancellor Angela Merkel's ability to pull together a sustainable national coalition for nearly six months. Violating long-standing partisan taboos, the AfD “victory” is a weak reflection of national-populist forces that have gained control of other European governments over the last decade. This paper addresses the ostensible causes of resurgent ethno-nationalism across eu states, especially the global financial crisis of 2008/2009 and Merkel's principled stance on refugees and asylum seekers as of 2015. The primary causes fueling this negative resurgence are systemic in nature, reflecting the deconstruction of welfare states, shifts in political discourse, and opportunistic, albeit misguided responses to demographic change. It highlights a curious gender-twist underlying AfD support, particularly in the East, stressing eight factors that have led disproportionate numbers of middle-aged men to gravitate to such movements. It offers an exploratory treatment of the “psychology of aging” and recent neuro-scientific findings involving right-wing biases towards authoritarianism, social aggression and racism.

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Cause or Consequence?

The Alternative for Germany and Attitudes toward Migration Policy

Hannah M. Alarian

, elections. Normalizing the Far Right in Parliament The relationship between electing the AfD to parliament and Germans’ policy support centers on a fundamental question: how can a far-right party affect the political opinion of non-party members

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Populist Rhetoric and Nativist Alarmism

The AfD in Comparative Perspective

Barbara Donovan

the group Europe of Nations and Freedom ( enf ), the eapn was an effort to bring together Europe's far-right parties, spearheaded by Matteo Salvini from Italy's League and including France's Rally for the Nation (formerly the National Front), Austria

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Sarah Wiliarty and Louise K. Davidson-Schmich

the rise of a national-level, populist far-right party. 1 In September 2017, however, Germany joined most European countries when the Alternative for Germany (AfD) entered the Bundestag with over 12 percent of the popular vote. By 2020, the party was