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Germany After the Grand Coalition (Europe in Transition: The NYU European Studies)by Silvia Bolgherini
Synopses & Reviews
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.
About the Author
Silvia Bolgherini is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Naples Federico II. She has published on electoral studies, European studies and local government. Her latest books include: Come le regioni diventano europee. Stili di governo e sfide comunitarie nellEuropa mediterranea (How regions become European, Comparative Politics, 2006), La politica comparata. Strategie e ricerche (Comparative Politics, 2008; co-authored with M. Caciagli) and Unioni di Comuni (Inter-municipal Cooperation, 2009; co-authored with G. Baldini et al.).
Florian Grotz is Visiting Professor for Political Science at Leuphana University Lüneburg (Germany). Before, he worked at the Universities of Heidelberg, Berlin and Würzburg. He writes on German government and politics, political institutions in Europe and comparative electoral systems. His most recent book is Demokratische Regierungssysteme in Mittel- und Osteuropa (Democracies in Central and Eastern Europe), which he co-edited with Ferdinand Müller-Rommel.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Grand Coalition 2005-2009—a Single Episode or a Turning Point?--Silvia Bolgherini and Florian Grotz * Part I: The Legacies of the Grand Coalition * New Possibilities or Permanent Gridlock? The Policies and Politics of the Grand Coalition--Reimut Zohlnhöfer * Towards a New German Federalism? How the 2006 Constitutional Reform did (not) change the Dynamics of the Federal System--Julia von Blumenthal * Multi-level Party Politics during the Grand Coalition: Electoral Outcomes at Länder Level--Silvia Bolgherini and Florian Grotz * Still the Driving Force of European Integration? The EU Policy Pursued by the Grand Coalition--Gisela Müller-Brandeck-Bocquet * Part II: The Federal Elections of September 27, 2009 * A Post-Modern Campaign? The Sleepy Run-up to the 2009 Federal Election--Giorgia Bulli * The Choice for Stability: The Results of the 2009 Federal Election--Mario Caciagli * An Electorate on the Move: Explaining Vote Choice in the 2009 Federal Election--Bernhard Weßels * Part III: The New Government and the Challenges Ahead * Coalition-building in Germany 2009: Simulating Real Politics, Preparing Merkel III?--Suzanne S. Schüttemeyer * A Fresh Start or More of the Same? The Domestic Policy Agenda of the Center-Right Coalition--Roland Sturm * The ‘Grand Coalition State between Past and Present. Continuities and Discontinuities of a Changing Political System--Gabriele DOttavio * Conclusion: The Long Shadow of the Grand Coalition--Florian Grotz and Silvia Bolgherini
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