Eaton Professor of the Science of Government, Harvard University; Director, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University; Unit Director, Transformations of Democracy, WZB Berlin Social Science Center
Assistant Professor of History, Harvard University; Resident Faculty and Seminar Co-Chair, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University; Faculty Associate, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University
Director, Center for German and European Studies, Brandeis University; Professor of German and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Brandeis University; Local Affiliate, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
February 22, 2024
4:00pm - 5:30pm
Lower Level Conference Room, Adolphus Busch Hall
Within eleven years of its founding, the German far-right party Alternative for Germany (AfD) has become a major political contender in the German political arena. Right-wing mobilization on a large scale had long been considered unlikely. Yet, the party has accomplished electoral success and found approval while moving further to the right. Although the party had elements of a largely neoliberal conservative party, it has slowly morphed into the most successful far-right party since 1945.
At the same time, Germany is now witnessing large scale protests against the AfD ahead of several crucial elections in East Germany and Europe. What can account for the success of the party? What can explain the programmatic shifts within the AfD? And do the protests have an effect on the party?