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Right-Extremist Parties

  • Gerard Braunthal
Part of the New Perspectives in German Political Studies book series (NPG)

Abstract

Unification of the two Germanys in 1990 produced a momentary euphoria among eastern and western Germans. At last, after forty-one years of painful separation the two sovereign states merged, accompanied by significant changes in the party spectrum. This chapter deals primarily with the development since 1990 of the three major right-extremist parties. It examines their leadership, membership, electoral results, programs, and impact on public policies. Such an overview should provide answers to several questions. Were these parties able to mobilize the dissatisfied youth and their elders? Did their programmatic positions have an impact upon the democratic parties’ positions on current affairs? Did their activities represent a threat to the democratic order comparable to the NSDAP during the Weimar era?

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Notes

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© Gerard Braunthal 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Gerard Braunthal
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Massachusetts AmherstUSA

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