The Extreme Right (aka Far Right, Populist Right, Anti-Immigrant Right …)
in Western Europe has been a main focus for my research since the 1990s. Over the last decades, I have published a monograph (in German) and numerous articles and book chapters on the subject. I’ve posted pre-prints for most of them here, with replication data available from my dataverse. I also blog regularly on the subject and comment on twitter. Last not least, I maintain an extensive bibliography on the Extreme Right.
An Alternative for Germany?
For obvious reasons, I have a particular interest in the Alternative for Germany / Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) party. In an older article, I show that back in 2013/14, the AfD was not yet a typical radical right party. Since then, the AfD has changed considerably, and has also changed Germany in the process. And it was not just the AfD that changed, but also their voters. Using a GLES data, we can show how the Alternative for Germany’s voters veered to the (radical) right between 2013 and 2017. The AfD is particularly strong in the “new” (i.e. eastern) states. In this contribution, I analyse the role of Germany’s eastern states for the breakthrough and establishment of Alternative for Germany. And then there is this one (in German), in which I wonder whether the AfD has replaced the Left as the party that represents the East™️
Have a look at my blogs about Alternative for Germany if you want to read even more about the AfD.
The Extreme Right Vote: Contextual Effects
I’m very much interested in the impact of contextual factors on the Extreme Right vote. This includes not only unemployment and immigration, but also the policy agenda of other parties. My main finding is that talking about immigration (even in positive tones) seems to help the Extreme Right. I’m also interested in the competition between the Extreme Right and Socialist/Social Democratic parties.
The Local Extreme Right Vote
Contextual effects are often studied at the global (national) level, but we all know that politics are local. I have an longstanding interest in how local conditions affect the Extreme Right Vote (and how one can should oneself trying to study this nexus). This was also the topic of a wonderful large comparative project on sub-national context and radical right support in Europe.