Out now: Wurthmann et al.: Bridging Left and Right? How Sahra Wagenknecht Could Change the German Party Landscape


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Wagner, S., Wurthmann, L.C. & Thomeczek, J.P. Bridging Left and Right? How Sahra Wagenknecht Could Change the German Party Landscape. Politische Vierteljahresschrift (2023). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11615-023-00481-3

The prospect of a new party can significantly change political landscapes. In Germany, a potential new party is currently being widely discussed—Sahra Wagenknecht may splinter off from her party, The Left, to form a new radical party in Germany. Above all, Wagenknecht is known for her anti-immigration stance and could potentially bridge the gap between the right and left by forming a left-authoritarian party. What does the demand for such a left-authoritarian party look like in Germany? To explore this, we examined individual-level data to understand the structural factors that cause people to rate Wagenknecht higher than her current party, The Left. The results indicate that Wagenknecht is preferred over The Left by individuals who are more socioculturally right-wing, critical of migration, and dissatisfied with democracy. These findings provide valuable insights into the electoral potential of a potential left-authoritarian party led by Wagenknecht.