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Twilight of the Merkel Era: Power and Politics in Germany after the 2017 Bundestag Election

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Twilight of the Merkel Era

Power and Politics in Germany after the 2017 Bundestag Election

Eric Langenbacher

295 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78920-264-9 $149.00/£110.00 Hb Published (July 2019)

ISBN  978-1-78920-265-6 $29.95/£23.95 Pb Published (July 2019)

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Elections always have consequences, but the 2017 Bundestag election in Germany proved particularly consequential. With political upheaval across the globe—notably in Britain and the USA—it was vital to European and global order that Germany remain stable. And it did through the re-election of Angela Merkel as chancellor, now in her fourth term. Just under the surface, however, instability is mounting—exemplified by the entry of the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) as the largest opposition party, the decline of the Social Democrats, the ever-restive Bavarians, and the growing factionalism within the Christian Democratic Union as the Merkel era comes to an end. Paying special attention to the rise of the AfD, this volume delves into the campaign, leading political figures, the structure of the electorate, the state of the parties, the media environment, coalition negotiations, and policy impacts.

Eric Langenbacher is a Teaching Professor and Director of the Honors Program in the Department of Government, Georgetown University. Recent publications include The German Polity, 11th edition, co-authored with David Conradt (Lanham, 2017) and Mapping Comparative Politics: Power and Legitimacy (Thousand Oaks, forthcoming 2019). He is also Managing Editor of German Politics and Society, which is housed in Georgetown University’s BMW Center for German and European Studies.

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


Introduction: Merkeldämmerung
Eric Langenbacher

Chapter 1. Coalition Politics in Crisis? The German Party System Before and After the 2017 Federal Election
Frank Decker and Philipp Adorf

Chapter 2. Pointing Fingers at the Media? Coverage of the 2017 Bundestag Election
Alexander Beyer and Steven Weldon

Chapter 3. LGBTI Rights and the 2017 German National Election
Louise K. Davidson-Schmich

Chapter 4. Kan-di(e)-dat? Unpacking Gender Images across Angela Merkel’s Four Campaigns for the Chancellorship, 2005–2017
Joyce Marie Mushaben

Chapter 5. The CDU/CSU’s Ambivalent 2017 Campaign
Clay Clemens

Chapter 6. Yet Another Grand Coalition: The Social Democrats at the Crossroads
Andreas M. Wüst

Chapter 7. The Race for Third: Small Parties in the 2017 Bundestag Election
David F. Patton

Chapter 8. Two of the Same Kind? The Rise of the AfD and its Implications for the CDU/CSU
Matthias Dilling

Chapter 9. The AfD and the End of Containment in Germany?
David Art

Chapter 10. Radical Right-Wing Populists in Parliament: The Alternative for Germany in European Context
Lars Rensmann

Chapter 11. Antisemitism in the “Alternative for Germany” Party
Samuel Salzborn

Chapter 12. The Left Party and the AfD: Populist Competitors in Eastern Germany
Jonathan Olsen

Chapter 13. Germany’s Aussenpolik After the Election
Stephen F. Szabo

Chapter 14. Germany's Role in the EU-27 Leadership Constellation after Brexit
Christian Schweiger

Conclusion: Looking Beyond Merkel
Eric Langenbacher

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