Why the German AfD achieved a disruption? My book chapter (Palgrave 2022)

The Right-Wing Populist Disruption in the Berlin Republic. Opportunity structures and Success of the Alternative for Germany (AfD), in: John Robertson/Michael Oswald (eds.): Flourishing Landscapes: Thirty Years of German Unification and the Legacy’s Impact, Festschrift für Winand Gellner zum Anlass seiner Emeritierung, Palgrave Macmillan: London 2022, pp. 231-247, (board reviewed).



Different to all its neighboring countries, in Germany, seemed to be no ground for right-wing populist parties due to two main obstacles. First, because populism in Germany must operate in a historically encumbered environment, the media has developed a fear of contact with it which prevents any unconstrained debate and constantly exposes the right-wing parties to the risk of being linked with National Socialism. And, second, because of the stigmatization that would follow and thereby prevent the parties’ from establishing themselves as a political force. This has changed in the 2010s.