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Igor Hanzel

Arguments in the Explanation of the 2017: Election Success of the German Political Party “Alternative für Deutschland”

(Argumenty vo vysvetlení úspechu strany „Alternatíva pre Nemecko“ vo voľbách v roku 2017)

Politické vedy, Volume 23, Number 2/2020, pages 37-68

DOI: https://doi.org/10.24040/politickevedy.2020.23.2.37-68 

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HANZEL, I. 2020. Arguments in the Explanation of the 2017: Election Success of the German Political Party “Alternative für Deutschland”. In Politické vedy. [online]. Vol. 23, No. 2, 2020. ISSN 1335 – 2741, pp. 37-68. Available at: https://doi.org/10.24040/politickevedy.2020.23.2.37-68


 ABSTRACT

The federal elections of 2017 led for the first time since WWII to the entrance of a right-wing political party, namely, the Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) to the German federal parliament (Bundestag).  Prominent explanations of the success of the AfD were given in the sociological works of Wolfgang Heitmeyer and in the political economy of right wing populism as developed by Philip Manow. I analyzed, from the point of view of modern theory of arguments, the methodological nature of these explanations.  I showed how to approach methodologically the structure of arguments and reconstructed the general structure and specific social science features of arguments employed in these explanations.

Key words: Alternative für Deutschland (AfD), 2017 election to the German Bundestag, Explanation, Structure of argument, Toulmin, Walton, Heitmeyer, Manow

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