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Germany after the Grand Coalition : Governance and Politics in a Turbulent Environment - Silvia Bolgherini

Germany after the Grand Coalition

Governance and Politics in a Turbulent Environment

By: Silvia Bolgherini (Editor), Florian Grotz (Editor)

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In Germany, Grand Coalitions of the two major parties – the Christian Democrats (CDU/CSU) and the Social Democrats (SPD) – generally have a bad reputation. Hence, the CDU/CSU-SPD government under Angela Merkel (2005-2009) was neither the parties’ nor the citizens’ preferred choice, its performance was seen quite critical from the outset, and it was finished without further ado after the 2009 federal election. Has the Grand Coalition 2005-2009 been a single episode or rather a turning point for German politics? This book provides a retrospective of the first Merkel government, an analysis of the 2009 election and an account of its prospective consequences.

"This is an excellent collection of first-rate scholarly analyses of German politics and major domestic and EU government policies before and especially during the Grand Coalition of 2005-2009 and the chancellorship of Angela Merkel. It also covers the issues and results of the 2009 election and offers some preliminary and trenchant assessments of the new CDU/CSU-FDP coalition and the challenges faced by this surprisingly contentious combination of political "allies." Wide-ranging but thorough and informative contributions to the literature on German politics from 2005 to 2010." - Arthur B. Gunlicks, Professor of Political Science, Emeritus, University of Richmond, VA

"If you want to find out all the ins and outs, advantages and disadvantages, peculiarities and generalities, genealogies and legacies of Germany's most recent GRAND COALITION, this is your book! In an array of insightful and informative essays, the erudite authors succeed to enlighten us about this odd, yet also quite normal, system of governance. I recommend this book to scholars of Germany, Europe and comparative politics as a whole." - Andrei S. Markovits, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and Karl W. Deutsch Collegiate Professor of Comparative Politics and German Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

"The book gives an in-depth and authoritative assessment of the legacies of the second Grand Coalition experiment in Germany, the campaign and outcome of the federal election of 2009, and the challenges of the Christian Democratic-Liberal coalition in office since 2009. Germany after the Grand Coalition is an essential reading for everyone interested in the political mechanisms which drive present day s politics and policy in Germany." - Manfred G. Schmidt, Professor in Political Science at the University of Heidelberg

List of Tablesp. vii
List of Figuresp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
List of Abbreviationsp. xiii
Notes on Contributorsp. xv
Introduction: The Grand Coalition 2005-2009-a Single Episode or a Turning Point?p. 1
The Legacies of the Grand Coalition
New Possibilities or Permanent Gridlock? The Policies and Politics of the Grand Coalitionp. 15
Toward a New German Federalism? How the 2006 Constitutional Reform Did (Not) Change the Dynamics of the Federal Systemp. 31
Multilevel Party Politics during the Grand Coalition: Electoral Outcomes at Lander Levelp. 49
Still the Driving Force of European Integration? The EU Policy Pursued by the Grand Coalitionp. 69
The Federal Elections of September 27, 2009
A Post-Modern Campaign? The Sleepy Development to the 2009 Federal Electionp. 89
The Choice for Stability: The Results of the 2009 Federal Electionp. 107
An Electorate on the Move: Explaining Vote Choice in the 2009 Federal Electionp. 125
The New Government and the Challenges Ahead
Coalition-Building in Germany 2009: Simulating Real Politics, Preparing Merkel III?p. 147
A Fresh Start or More of the Same? The Domestic Policy Agenda of the Center-Right Coalitionp. 165
The "Grand Coalition State" between Past and Present: Continuities and Discontinuities of a Changing Political Systemp. 179
Conclusion: The Long Shadow of the Grand Coalitionp. 195
Referencesp. 207
Indexp. 225
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ISBN: 9780230622852
ISBN-10: 0230622852
Series: Europe in Transition: The NYU European Studies Series
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 19th January 2011
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.78
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1