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Between Left and Right: The 2009 Bundestag Elections and the Transformation of the German Party System

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Between Left and Right

The 2009 Bundestag Elections and the Transformation of the German Party System

Edited by Eric Langenbacher

210 pages, 36 tables and figures, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-0-85745-222-1 $29.95/£23.95 Pb Published (November 2010)

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…this solidly crafted, intellectually hefty, but nevertheless relatively slender volume is highly recommend for those wishing to ‘go beyond the headlines’ of the 2009 federal election. Indeed, the book provides much more than a snapshot of the election through the exploration of some very important long-term developments in German politics – trends that are sure to manifest themselves in interesting and significant ways in future elections in the Federal Republic.” ·  German Studies Review


Germany remains a leader in Europe, as demonstrated by its influential role in the on-going policy challenges in response to the post 2008 financial and economic crises. Rarely does the composition of a national government matter as much as Germany’s did following the 2009 Bundestag election. This volume, which brings together established and up-and coming academics from both sides of the Atlantic, delves into the dynamics and consequences surrounding this fateful election: How successful was Chancellor Angela Merkel’s leadership of the Grand Coalition and what does her new partnership with the Free Democrats auger? In the face economic crisis, why did German voters empower a center-right market-liberal coalition? Why did the SPD, one of the oldest and most distinguished parties in the world self-destruct and what are the chances that it will recover? The chapters go beyond the contemporary situation and provide deeper analyses of the long-term decline of the catchall parties, structural changes in the party system, electoral behavior, the evolution of perceptions of gender in campaigns, and the use of new social media in German politics.

Eric Langenbacher is a Visiting Assistant Professor and Director of Honors and Special Programs, Department of Government, Georgetown University. He did his graduate work in the Government Department and Center for German and European Studies at Georgetown, completing his Ph.D. with Distinction in 2002. Recent edited publications include Launching the Grand Coalition: The 2005 Bundestag Election and the Future of German Politics (Berghahn Books, 2006) and Power and the Past: Collective Memory and International Relations, with Yossi Shain (Georgetown University Press, 2010).

Subject: History: 20th Century to Present
Area: Germany


Chapter 1. Lose-Lose Proposition: Policy Change and Party Politics in the Grand Coalition
Clay Clemens

Chapter 2. The Shrinking Elephants: The 2009 Election and the Changing Party System
David P. Conradt

Chapter 3. Bundestag Election 2009: Solidifying the Five Party System
Steve Weldon and Andrea Nüsser

Chapter 4. The SPD and the Debacle of the 2009 German Federal Election: An Opportunity for Renewal
William E. Paterson and James Sloam

Chapter 5. Coalition Governance under Chancellor Merkel’s Grand Coalition: A Comparison of the Cabinets Merkel I and Merkel II
Thomas Saalfeld

Chapter 6. Coalitions and Camps in the German Party System after the 2009 Bundestag Election
Frank Decker and Jared Sonnicksen

Chapter 7. Coalition Dynamics and the Changing German Party System
Charlie Lees

Chapter 8. Gender Quota Compliance and Contagion in the 2009 Bundestag Election
Louise K. Davidson-Schmich

Chapter 9. The Internet, Political Participation and Election Turnout: A Case Study of Germany’s
Hartwig Pautz

Chapter 10. The Role of Foreign Policy in the 2009 Campaign and the Black-Yellow Future
Jan Techau

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