More passion in politics! (TruLies Blog by Wolfgang Schroeder)

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How to deal with the Alter­native für Deutschland (AfD) and its voters is a crucial challenge for the estab­lished parties. However, in this TruLies blog post, Professor Wolfgang Schroeder observes that to confront the emotion based campaign exclu­sively with facts does not seem to be enough. Rather, the right strategy needs to be derived from the background, problems and insecu­rities of AfD clientel. Schroeder points out that the populists’ success cannot be explained solely by economic discontent.

Wolfgang Schroeder is a professor for political science at Univer­sität Kassel and member of the scien­tific advisory board of Das Progressive Zentrum. This contri­bution was first published on 19 October 2016 on Causa, the debate forum of the Berlin daily Newspaper Tagesspiegel within the debate “AfD voters: A Challenge for politics?“.

The project “TruLies – The Truth about Lies on Europe”, aided by the Stiftung Mercator and run by the Institute for European Politics (IEP) in cooper­ation with Das Progressive Zentrum, has two principal objec­tives. On the one hand, it strives to decon­struct Eurosceptic and populist preju­dices, animosities, and false asser­tions, by means of social scien­tif­i­cally-grounded analysis. Thus, it aims to contribute to a ratio­nal­i­sation of the public discourse and debate in Germany (and beyond). On the other hand, “TruLies Europe” endeavours to publicly commu­nicate its findings beyond the select circle of scholars to political actors, civil society, and the wider public. You may find further infor­mation on our website:

Wolfgang Schroeder’s contri­bution can be found here.