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Party identification among Germany´s (Spät)Aussiedler : the sources of favoring CDU/CSU or AfD

Klauser, Natalie (2018) Party identification among Germany´s (Spät)Aussiedler : the sources of favoring CDU/CSU or AfD.

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Abstract:German media claim the Alternative für Deutschland that was newly elected in the German Bundestag would be particularly supported by Russian-German repatriates today after this group of ethnic Germans had for decades been considered to identify mostly with the Christlich-Demokratische Union Deutschlands. To investigate the Aussiedler´s long-term motives to identify with a particular political party, this study presents a battery of party identification sources based on the Michigan model of electoral choice and on more recent party identification literature. The personal characteristics´ impact on the Aussiedler´s party identification was investigated by statistically analyzing data from nearly 300 individuals from all over Germany. This empirical data was collected on different social media platforms and with the participation of 13 Russian-German associations and networks. The results from bivariate analyses and multinomial logistic regression yield that compared to CDU and SPD identification, Eurosceptic and nationalist attitudes are important predictors for the identification with the AfD. Religiosity, measured through church attendance frequency, is in comparison found strongly related to the CDU party identification. The results from an explorative mediation analysis additionally enable to formulate the innovative hypothesis for the exclusive comparison of CDU and AfD identification that Aussiedler who feel mostly as Germans are more likely to be less Eurosceptic and thereby more likely to identify with the CDU instead of the AfD.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:89 political science
Programme:European Studies MSc (69303)
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