Bertelsmann Stiftung (ed.)

Fritz Putzhammer

Globalization, Trade and Populism in Germany

Analyzing the effects of trade exposure on voting behavior in the 2013 and 2017 German federal elections

  • 1. edition 2018, 44 pp (PDF)
  • Free of charge

Our newest GED Focus Paper looks at imports and voting results in 2013 and 2017 in Germany. By measuring Chinese import penetration on an electoral district level and running a set of linear regression models, the paper finds that districts more heavily exposed to import penetration showed an increased propensity to support the anti-globalization oriented, right-wing populist AfD party during the 2013 and 2017 elections.