Growing Right-wing Populism and Refugees in Germany: Towards a Disintegrated or Shared Society?

Authors: Janpeter Schilling*, University of Koblenz-Landau, Melanie Hussak, Peace Academy Rhineland-Palatinate/University of Koblenz-Landau, Ulrike Zeigermann, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg
Topics: Social Geography, Political Geography
Keywords: populism, right-wing, refugee, disintegration theory, shared society, Germany
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 5:00 PM / 6:40 PM
Room: Forum Room, Omni, West
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Right-wing populism is on the rise in Germany. Particularly the party Alternative für Deutschland (ADF, “Alternative for Germany”) has been very successful in recent national and sub-national elections. The party’s main objective is to rally against refugees who entered Germany, mainly in 2015. In our presentation we aim to improve our understanding of the rise of right-wing populism in Germany. Divided into five phases, we describe the relevant dynamics and developments since 2015. We then apply the disintegration theory to see how useful it is in explaining growing right-wing populism. Based on specific examples of crime cases with refugee involvement, we introduce the innovative concept of shared society as a potential answer to increasing societal polarization

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