German Politics and Society

Editor: Jeffrey J. Anderson, Georgetown University

Subjects: German Studies, Politics, Sociology, History, Economics, Cultural Studies

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A joint publication of the BMW Center for German and European Studies (of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). These centers are represented by their directors on the journal's Editorial Committee.

Special Issue 1:
Responses to the Rise of the Alternative for Germany

Sarah Wiliarty, Government, Wesleyan University and Louise K. Davidson-Schmich, Political Science, University of Miami

A Spectre Haunting Europe: Angela Merkel and the Challenges of Far-Right Populism
Joyce Marie Mushaben, Political Science, University of Missouri-St. Louis

The Alternative for Germany (AfD) from Breakthrough toward Consolidation? A Comparative Perspective on its Organizational Development
Gene Frankland, Political Science, Ball State University

Populist Rhetoric and Nativist Alarmism: The AfD in Comparative Perspective
Barbara Donovan, Political Science, Wesleyan College

Party-political responses to the Alternative for Germany in comparative perspective
David Patton

This Was the One For Me: AfD Women’s Origin Stories
Christina Xydias, Political Science, Bucknell University

Volume 38 / 2020, 4 issues per volume (spring, summer, autumn, winter)

Aims & Scope

German Politics and Society is a joint publication of the BMW Center for German and European Studies (of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). These centers are represented by their directors on the journal's Editorial Committee.

German Politics and Society is a peer-reviewed journal published and distributed by Berghahn Journals. It is the only American publication that explores issues in modern Germany from the combined perspectives of the social sciences, history, and cultural studies.

The journal provides a forum for critical analysis and debate about politics, history, film, literature, visual arts, and popular culture in contemporary Germany. Every issue includes contributions by renowned scholars commenting on recent books about Germany.


German Politics and Society is indexed/abstracted in:

  • Bibliometric Research Indicator List (BFI)
  • Biography Index (Ebsco)
  • British Humanities Index (Proquest)
  • Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO)
  • Emerging Sources Citation Index (Web of Science)
  • European Reference Index for the Humanities and the Social Sciences (ERIH PLUS)
  • Historical Abstracts (Ebsco)
  • International Political Science Abstracts
  • IBR – International Bibliography of Book Reviews of Scholarly Literature on the Humanities and Social Sciences (De Gruyter)
  • IBZ – International Bibliography of Periodical Literature in the Humanities and Social Sciences (De Gruyter)
  • MLA International Bibliography
  • Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals, Series and Publishers
  • PAIS International Public Affairs (Proquest)
  • Periodicals Index Online (PIO)— (Proquest)
  • Political Science Complete (Ebsco)
  • Proquest Research Library (Proquest)
  • Scopus (Elsevier)
  • Social Services Abstracts (Proquest)
  • Sociological Abstracts (Proquest)
  • Sociological Collection (Ebsco)
  • SocINDEX (Ebsco)
  • Social Sciences Abstracts (Ebsco)
  • Violence & Abuse Abstracts (Ebsco)
  • Worldwide Political Science Abstracts (Proquest)

Editor: Jeffrey J. Anderson, Georgetown University, USA

Managing Editor/Book Review Editor: Eric Langenbacher, Georgetown University, USA

Editorial Board:
Leslie Adelson, Cornell University, USA
Jonathan Bach, The New School, USA
Beverly Crawford, University of California, Berkeley, USA
Russell J. Dalton, University of California, Irvine, USA
Louise K. Davidson-Schmich, University of Miami, USA
Richard Deeg, Temple University, USA
Mary Fulbrook, University College London, UK
Hope Harrison, George Washington University, USA
Dagmar Herzog, The Graduate Center, CUNY, USA
Wade Jacoby, Brigham Young University, USA
Jeffrey Kopstein, University of Toronto, Canada
Charles Maier, Harvard University, USA
Sabine von Mering, Brandeis University, UKA
Joyce M. Mushaben, University of Missouri, St. Louis, USA
Todd Presner, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Susan Scarrow, University of Houston, USA
Katrin Sieg, Georgetown University, USA
Stephen Silvia, American University, USA
Hilary Silver, Brown University, USA
Helga Welsh, Wake Forest University, USA
Sarah Wiliarty, Wesleyan University, USA
Ruth Wittlinger, Durham University, USA
Jennifer Yoder, Colby College, USA
Daniel Ziblatt, Harvard University, USA

German Politics and Society, published by Berghahn Books, is a joint publication of the BMW Center for German and European Studies of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), 871 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY.

The directors of the following North American programs and centers associated with the DAAD serve on the journal's Editorial Board as ex-officio members:

  • Canadian Centre for German and European Studies, University of Montreal and York University
  • Institute of European Studies, University of California, Berkeley
  • Center for German and European Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison and University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  • Joint Initiative in German and European Studies, University of Toronto
  • Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
  • Center for German and European Studies, Brandeis University


Manuscript Submission

Please review the submission and style guidelines carefully before submitting.

Manuscripts should be submitted electronically to:
Eric Langenbacher
Managing Editor, German Politics and Society

Articles and forum pieces usually run between 20 and 30 double-spaced pages (4,000 to 8,000 words, including notes and references); review articles between 8 and 10 pages (1,500 to 2,000 words); book reviews between 4 and 8 pages (750 to 1,500 words). All articles and forum pieces undergo a double-blind peer review process. We make every effort to inform authors of the referees' verdict within two months of submission.

We prefer articles to be submitted in English. On extremely rare occasions, we will consider translating German-language submissions.


Our notation format follows The Chicago Manual of Style.
Notes should be kept to a minimum.
We strongly discourage the use of internal notes accompanied by a list of sources.
We use endnotes rather than footnotes and prefer manuscripts to be submitted accordingly.

Have other questions? Please refer to the Berghahn Info for Authors page for general information and guidelines including topics such as article usage and permissions for Berghahn journal article authors.

Ethics Statement

Authors published in German Politics and Society (GPS) certify that their works are original and their own. The editors certify that all materials, with the possible exception of editorial introductions, book reviews, and some types of commentary, have been subjected to double-blind peer review by qualified scholars in the field. While the publishers and the editorial board make every to see that no inaccurate or misleading data, opinions, or statements appear in this journal, they wish to make clear that the data and opinions appearing in the articles herein are the sole responsibility of the contributor concerned. For a more detailed explanation concerning these qualifications and responsibilities, please see the complete GPS ethics statement.

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