A Celebration of Democracy: The 1998 Bundestag Election

in German Politics and Society
Russell J. DaltonUniversity of California, Irvine

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Free elections are celebrations of the democratic process, and the

Germans celebrated in an unprecedented way on September 27,

1998. After sixteen years of Christian Democratic rule, the public

used its democratic power to change the government. Indeed, for the

first time in the history of the Federal Republic, voters rejected a sitting

chancellor and chose a new government through the ballot box.

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