New political parties often emerge from the energy of protest movements. From the rise of Green parties in the late 20th century growing out of the environmental movement to more recent disruptors, protests often set the stage for electoral breakthroughs. This week’s TLDR unpacks a recent study published in German Politics, examining the interplay between political parties and protest movements by looking at the case of Die Linke and AfD (Alternative für Deutschland) in Germany.
The study identifies two key dynamics often triggered by protest movements. These dynamics impact political parties and can lead to electoral breakthroughs, particularly for so-called challenger parties, those without experience in government that aim to disrupt the status quo. If the parties effectively capitalise on the protest movement, they can be propelled toward significant electoral gains.