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Schwarzbözl, Tobias and Fatke, Matthias (2016): Außer Protesten nichts gewesen? Das politische Potenzial der AfD. In: Politische Vierteljahresschrift, Vol. 57, No. 2: pp. 276-299

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Is the success of the Alternative fur Deutschland (AfD) a protest phenomenon or the mobilization of a political potential? We test both hypotheses on the grounds of the German National Election Study 2013. The analysis reveals that disenchantment with party politics is indeed relatively high among the AfD voters. However, they also hold homogenous positions on the most relevant issues. Moreover, these positions have a significant impact on the vote choice for the AfD, even when we control for voters' disenchantment with party politics. This supports the idea of the party's success being rooted in the mobilization of a neglected political potential rather than just being a protest phenomenon.

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