DONALD TRUMP AND ALTERNATIVE FÜR DEUTSCHLAND (AFD)

: THE CRISIS OF POLITICS

  • Markus Heidingsfelder, Dr. Habib University, Karachi.
Keywords: Crisis of politics, functional differentiation, democracy, rationality, populism

Abstract

The main thesis of this text is that politics has lost its claim to make gener-ally valid decisions for the whole of society. It interprets both Donald Trump and the ‘Alternative für Deutschland’ (AfD) as solutions to that problem. By understanding the votes of their supporters not so much as votes for a per-son or a party, but as votes against the political system itself, it tries to avoid the usual demonization of populist politics and persons and, instead, focuses on social functions and structures.

Author Biography

Markus Heidingsfelder, Dr., Habib University, Karachi.

Assistant Professor at the School of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, Habib University, Karachi.

Published
2018-07-02
How to Cite
Heidingsfelder, M. (2018). DONALD TRUMP AND ALTERNATIVE FÜR DEUTSCHLAND (AFD). Journal of European Studies, 34(2), 37-61. Retrieved from http://ojs.asce-uok.edu.pk/index.php/JES/article/view/7