| Holger Lengfeld

The “Alternative für Deutschland”: a Party for loosers of societal modernisation? New study published by Holger Lengfeld, Chair of Sociology, institutions and societal change.

Short abstract: In the upcoming federal elections, will people who may be considered as the losers from Germany’s economic globalisation-influenced modernisation be more likely to vote for Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) than for other parties? Based on new representative survey data gathered from 1031 eligible German voters, findings show that the typical low social status characteristics of losers of modernisation do not indicate a significantly higher probability for the intention to vote for the AfD in the upcoming federal election in Germany. The same applies for people who consider themselves as losers of societal development. The empirical evidence points towards a tendency for people of a middle or upper class status to have a stronger intention to vote for the AfD. Thus, election strategies of other parties, that are based on the material interests of the losers of modernisation, are likely to not result in a substantial reduction in the number of potential voters for the AfD.

Online first published (in German): Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie 2017, DOI 10.1007/s11577-017-0446-1. See full text view version (no download possible) here including an extended abstract.