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Alternative für Deutschland – The AfD

Germany’s New Nazis or another Populist Party?

German-born Thomas Klikauer has published more than twenty articles, comments, and reviews on the AfD. Among his books is one on Managerialism and a textbook on Human Resource Management. Dr Klikauer completed two MAs in Political Science (Boston and Bremen) and a PhD (Warwick). He teaches MBA students and PhD candidates in Western Sydney University, Australia and lives – with his wife and two children – in the beachside suburb of Coogee. His website is: klikauer.wordpress.com.


Right-wing populism has been on the rise in Europe and elsewhere. Germany’s foremost populist party is called Alternative for Germany (AfD). Founded in 2013 and entering Germany’s federal parliament in 2017, the AfD increasingly moved towards right-wing extremism. Today, the party is Germany’s most successful nationalistic party. Following the populist playbook, the AfD started off with a simple neoliberal and anti-Europe message, but soon moved towards the extreme right. By 2017 the AfD’s ultra-nationalistic wing had successfully outmanoeuvred the party’s moderate and neoliberal leader Frauke Petry. Written from the standpoint of openness, pluralism, liberalism and democracy, this book examines the AfD's rise to fame, its successes, and the party’s ideological links dating back to German Nazism of the 1930s.

The author illuminates the party’s ideological and institutional links to present-day Neo-Nazis; its close associations to the right-wing street movement Pegida; the recruitment of right-wing extremists and former Neo-Nazis into its parliamentarian ranks; its xenophobic, anti-Muslim, racist and anti-Semitic ideologies; and its relationship to the neo-fascist Identity Movement. A historical overview positions the AfD within Germany's political landscape. The work engages with the make-up of AfD voters and electoral successes; the party's relationship to anti-Semitism; and its dreams of re-establishing a mythical Aryan Volksgemeinschaft. Close attention is paid to the AfD’s demagogic and nationalistic leader, Björn Höcke, as well as the party’s admiration for the radical right of neighbouring Austria. A final chapter examines the fascist character of the AfD as measured against Umberto Eco’s fourteen elements of Ur-Fascism. Three questions are posed: Will the AfD lead to the end of German democracy? Is Germany moving towards another Third Reich? Is there another Hitler in the making?


Paperback ISBN: 978-1-78976-046-0
Paperback Price: £25.00 / $34.95
Release Date: April/May 2020
   
Page Extent / Format: 272 pp. 229 x 152 mm
Illustrated: No
   

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