Reframing Remembrance: A Case Study on Collective Memory in Far-Right Party Discourse

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Anderson, Lucas Leiva Leigh




The recent success of Alternative für Deutschland in the 2017 German federal election came as a resounding shock to politicians, pundits, and the public alike and one of the most pernicious aspects of their rhetoric has been their criticism of memory culture. This begs an interesting question: how do contemporary far-right parties reconcile their positive association with history in countries with problematic pasts? Existing theories pay little attention to the role of history in far-right discourse despite its growing salience. Consequently, this thesis seeks to assess the viability of constructing a historical dimension to existing theories on cultural backlash by examining the programmatic usage of references to history in the supply-side far-right party strategy. This is accomplished through an exploratory comparative case study of the electoral programs of far-right parties in Austria and Germany which examines far-right parties have adapted their references to history to appeal to contemporary voters.


Political Science




Carleton University

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