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Is the Alternative for Germany Really Right-Wing Populist?
Is the Alternative for Germany Really Right-Wing Populist?

Author(s): Tanja Wolf
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: Mezinárodní politologický ústav Masarykovy univerzity v Brně
Keywords: populism; German politics; right-wing; Alternative for Germany; AfD; party politics

Summary/Abstract: Although the Alternative for Germany (AfD) is one of the most discussed parties in Germany at the moment, neither journalists nor politicians are sure whether it should be classified as conservative, right-wing extremist or right-wing populist. The existing attempts at a scientific classification, all varying in approach and results, share a lack of methodological basis. Therefore, this paper classifies the AfD according to four different definitions by analyzing both primary and secondary sources in a qualitative way. While three of these approaches are rather common models of the right-wing spectrum, one is a new approach, covering only the (right-wing) populist spectrum. Therefore, the criteria of these four different attempts at structuring the right-wing party spectrum are operationalized and both party platforms and scientific papers on the AfD are dissected.

  • Issue Year: XXIII/2016
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 149-163
  • Page Count: 14
  • Language: English