The ‘Alternative für Deutschland in the Electorate’: Between Single-Issue and Right-Wing Populist Party

  title={The ‘Alternative f{\"u}r Deutschland in the Electorate’: Between Single-Issue and Right-Wing Populist Party},
  author={R{\"u}diger Schmitt-Beck},
  journal={German Politics},
  pages={124 - 148}
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