This special focus issue, guest edited by Jutta Helm, features articles

on German cities and urban politics. We are delighted to furnish

Helm and her colleagues with a forum to publish their research on a

crucial area of modern German politics and society. Additionally, we

invited Russell Dalton, a member of our editorial board and among

the most distinguished experts on German elections, to offer his

keen insights on Germany’s landmark parliamentary election in September

1998. We hope you enjoy the issue.

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