The Red-Green Coalition in Germany : Politics, Personalities and Power (Issues in German Politics)

The Red-Green Coalition in Germany : Politics, Personalities and Power (Issues in German Politics)

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This text provides a perspective on the politics and personalities of post-war Germany's most unstable - and apparently unpredictable - national government to date. The author uses previously unpublished research into Red-Green coalitions in the German Lander in order to understand more clearly the nature of the pressures acting upon Germany's first national coalition between the Social Democrats and the Greens. Charles Lees argues that the Red-Green coalition is best understood as part of an ongoing process of political co-operation between two distinct and often antagonistic parties. Grounded and introduced in the context of recent work on coalition theory and public policy analysis, the book examines the trail of political trial and error that has led the two parties from the mutual suspicion of the early 1980s to being partners in national government today. Drawing on the political history of Red-Green coalitions in Germany, the author explains why Chancellor Schroeder's 1998 election triumph provoked such excitement and why his government's subsequent political travails could have been predicted.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements                                   ix
Introduction 1 (6)
Explaining Red--Green coalitions 7 (17)
The long march through the Lander 24 (17)
`Then we take Berlin' 41 (20)
Niedersachsen and the irresistible rise of 61 (28)
Gerhard Schroder
Party strategy and the 1998 Bundestag 89 (10)
elections
Party programmes, coalition strategy and 99 (9)
bargaining
Red--Green in power 108(30)
Conclusion 138(4)
Bibliography 142(12)
Index 154