The German New Right and its think tanks

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The article presents an analysis of how think tanks of the German New Right have sought to expand the reach of the New Right into far-right electoral politics, specifically those embodied by the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party.
The article is informed by social network analysis and document analysis and focusses on the years between 2013 and 2017, the period which saw the foundation of the AfD, its shift to the right towards embracing nationalist-völkisch positions, and its entry of the Bundestag.

The article shows that only few New Right think tanks have strongly engaged with the AfD with the objective of changing ideology, personnel or policy. These think tanks are well-networked with other actors, for example magazines and campaign groups from the wider far-right.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-71
Number of pages21
JournalGerman Politics and Society
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2020


  • think tanks
  • New Right
  • Germany
  • social network analysis


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