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The Merkel Republic: An Appraisal

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The Merkel Republic

An Appraisal

Edited by Eric Langenbacher

210 pages, 16 figures, 13 tables, index

ISBN  978-1-78238-895-1 $29.95/£23.95 Pb Published (September 2015)

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“…the book is a must-read for those who seek to get behind the headlines about the chancellor.” · Foreign Affairs


Chancellor Angela Merkel has dominated German and European politics for almost a decade. Her stellar reputation, sound political and economic management, and popularity inside of Germany resulted in one of the most decisive electoral victories for her conservative parties in postwar Germany—the country can rightfully be deemed the Merkel Republic. Bringing together German politics experts from both sides of the Atlantic, this volume addresses the campaign, results, and consequences of the 2013 Bundestag election. Chapters delve into a diverse array of themes, including immigrant-origin and women candidates, the fate of the small parties, and the prospects for the SPD, the new coalition partner, as well as more general structural trends like the Europeanization and cosmopolitanization of German politics.

Eric Langenbacher is an Associate Teaching Professor and Director of the Honors Program in the Department of Government, Georgetown University. Recent publications include the paperback edition of Dynamics of Memory and Identity in Contemporary Europe (co-edited with Ruth Wittlinger and Bill Niven, 2015) and The German Polity, 10th edition (co-authored with David Conradt, 2013).

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


Introduction: Merkel’s NachsommermÓ“rchen?
Eric Langenbacher

Chapter 1. Follow-up to the Grand Coalition. The German Party System before and after the 2013 Federal Election
Frank Decker

Chapter 2. Chancellor Hegemony: Party Politics and the Bundestag Party System after the 2013 Federal Election
Charles Lees

Chapter 3. Past Imperfect, Future Tense: The SPD before and after the 2013 Federal Election
Jonathan Olsen

Chapter 4. Small Parties and the 2013 Bundestag Election: End of the Upward Trend?
David F. Patton

Chapter 5. Many New Faces, but Nothing New? The Sociodemographic and Career Profiles of German Bundestag Members in the Eighteenth Legislative Period
Melanie Kintz

Chapter 6. Closing the Gap:  Gender and Constituency Candidate Nomination in the 2013 Bundestag Election
Louise K. Davidson-Schmich

Chapter 7. Immigration into Politics: Immigrant-origin Candidates and Their Success in the 2013 Bundestag Election
Andreas M. Wüst

Chapter 8. The Reluctant Cosmopolitanization of European Party Politics: The Case of Germany
Lars Rensmann

Chapter 9. European Integration and Party Competition in German Federal Elections
Steven Weldon and Hermann Schmitt

Chapter 10. The Politics of the Eurozone Crisis: Two Puzzles Behind the German Consensus
Wade Jacoby

Chapter 11. Merkel 3.0: German Foreign Policy in the Aftermath of the 2013 Bundestag Election
Jackson Janes

Epilogue: Concluding Thoughts on the 2013 Bundestag Election
Jeffrey Anderson

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