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Book review: ‘We are the people’: the rise of the AfD in Germany by Penny Bochum

Williams, Katherine (2020) Book review: ‘We are the people’: the rise of the AfD in Germany by Penny Bochum. LSE Review of Books (04 May 2020). Blog Entry.

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In ‘We are the People’: The Rise of the AfD in Germany, Penny Bochum examines the origins and radicalisation of the German political party, Alternative for Germany (AfD). With populist parties across Europe experiencing a surge in popularity, the AfD was established in 2013, but came to dominate German politics in 2017 when it won over 90 seats in the Bundestag. The AfD is the third largest party in the German parliament and positions itself as the voice of ‘the people’ against a ‘corrupt elite’. Given its various successes, Bochum argues, it has now become impossible to write the AfD off as merely a blip on the political landscape. This short but accessible volume will prove useful to readers unfamiliar with the party and its core issues, writes Katherine Williams.

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Additional Information: © 2020 The Author(s)
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Date Deposited: 16 Jun 2020 13:42
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 09:39

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