Fascist Empowerment?! Understanding Authoritarian Populism with Critical Psychology (English/ Englisch)

Veröffentlicht in: Psikoloji ve Toplum, Sayı 08 (Kasım 2019), 27-31. Till Manderbach & Daniel Schnur in Psikoloji ve Toplum

Till Manderbach & Daniel Schnur


In the following we will try to demonstrate, why we believe a Berlin School Critical Psychology perspective –following Holzkamp and collegues– on ongoing election successes of authoritarian parties and politics can help the debate on the left. With that paradigm, we analyze individual action from the standpoint of the subject itself, meaning we postulate each individual has its ‘reasons’ for its actions, assuming the ‘groundedness of actions’ (see Tolman, 1994); even in alienated structures.
The most obvious fact in terms of a “shift to the political right” are the results in recent elections. Later than in other European countries the AfD (Alternative for Germany) established as a – what is often labelled as ‘right wing populist’ or ‘authoritarian populist’ – party in Germany. They took the communal and federal parliaments by storm while the governing Social Democrats and Christian Democrats are on the decline (see Goldberg, Leisewitz, Reusch, & Wiegel, 2017). What we can observe is a stalemate within and in between political parties. These general shifts in political representation shall be explained against the background of the recent economical history and its ideological embedding.

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ins Türkische übersetzt von Doğa Eroğlu ve Ege Akpınar in: Psikoloji ve Toplum, Sayı 08 (Kasım 2019), 23-26. Till Manderbach & Daniel Schnur in Psikoloji ve Toplum

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