Chapter

Die Republikaner

Cas Mudde

in The Ideology of the Extreme Right

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print October 2002 | ISBN: 9780719057939
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700082 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719057939.003.0002
Die Republikaner

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This chapter examines the ups and downs of a discorded party, profiling the literature, and the national-conservatism and the extreme right. Die Republikaner (REP) originated as a conservative party, ideologically close to its mother party CSU. The party radicalised shortly afterwards, with the take-over of Schönhuber as party leader and Neubauer as chief editor, expressing an increasingly nationalist and xenophobic outlook. Xenophobic nationalism is at the core of almost all themes that are discussed regularly in the party literature. Though the REP puts a lot of attention on the ongoing process of degeneration, its views on ethical values are moderately conservative. Finally, the REP is a democratic party, in that it supports parliamentarianism, and even militant democracy, and strives for acceptance and power within the current German political system.

Keywords: extreme right; national-conservatism; conservative party; Die Republikaner; REP; xenophobic nationalism; German political system; democratic party; parliamentarianism; militant democracy

Chapter.  13652 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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