German Politics and Society

Articles from Vol. 24, No. 1, Spring

Angela Merkel: What Does It Mean to Run as a Woman?
Considering Angela Merkel as a female candidate raises questions of the extent to which political leadership has become degendered in recent decades. Three issues of gender and politics are considered here: the changes in expectations for women in...
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From High Hopes to On-Going Defeat: The New Extreme Right's Political Mobilization and Its National Electoral Failure in Germany
German extreme Right parties have increased their political and electoral significance in recent years, in particular through some considerable regional successes in the East. However, in spite of noticeable nation-wide gains by the NPD in the Bundestag...
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Honecker's Revenge: The Enduring Legacy of German Unification in the 2005 Election
A core lesson of Germany's federal election of September 2005 is the enduring legacy of the communist past in East Germany, a legacy that substantially shapes politics in unified Germany. Fifteen years after unification, the crucial difference in German...
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Introduction: The Drama of 2005 and the Future of German Politics
I recall a conversation from a while back with a colleague. He was disdainful of German politics, stating that they are ponderous, lackluster, even boring. He prefers to follow Italian politics because of the intrigue, emotion, and, most of all, the...
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Merkel's EU Policy: "Kohl's Madchen" or Interest-Driven Politics?
This article tries to assess the likely trajectory of Angela Merkel's policies toward the EU in contrast to her predecessor's. With Germany taking the European Council Presidency in the first half of 2007, Merkel will have had a year to put her stamp...
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The Change in Government and Transatlantic Relations
Almost seventeen years after the Berlin Wall fell, German-American relations represent a mixture of partnership, competition, and a vast network of political, economic and cultural ties which make up one of the most intensive bilateral relations on...
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The Extraordinary Bundestag Election of 2005: The Interplay of Long-Term Trends and Short-Term Factors (1)
"The extraordinary bundestag election of 2005: the interplay of long-term trends and short-term factors". When Chancellor Gerhard Schroder went public and announced his plan for early elections on the evening of 22 May 2005, the SPD and the Green...
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The Grand Coalition: Precedents and Prospects
While the Federal Republic has been famously characterized as a "grand coalition state," the Merkel government, formed in the aftermath of the 2005 federal election, is only the second CDU/CSU-SPD coalition at the federal level since 1949. A comparison...
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The Tipping Point: The 2005 Election and the De-Consolidation of the German Party System?
This article develops the thesis that the past quarter-century of electoral volatility in Germany reached a critical tipping point at the 2005 election. The two major parties of the Bonn Republic are now at their lowest combined share of the popular...
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