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Yet Another Grand Coalition

The Social Democrats at the Crossroads

Andreas M. Wüst

either the left or the right before the 2017 Bundestag election. 3 As of March 2018, immigration has lost some of its earlier importance. After the long and partially frustrating negotiations among the parties during winter (see the article of Frank

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Merkeldämmerung

Eric Langenbacher

what dawn ( Morgenrot ) is on the horizon? These are the issues surrounding the 2017 Bundestag election and its aftermath that this special issue of German Politics and Society confronts. The Campaign As expected, the campaign was short on drama

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Two of the Same Kind?

The Rise of the AfD and its Implications for the CDU/CSU

Matthias Dilling

depends on the latter being an electoral threat, 7 assessing the extent to which the AfD has threatened the cdu / csu is key for informing the lessons they will draw from the 2017 Bundestag election. I argue that while cdu and csu have suffered from

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Pointing Fingers at the Media?

Coverage of the 2017 Bundestag Election

Alexander Beyer and Steven Weldon

The 2017 Bundestag election likely will long be remembered as a pivotal moment in German politics. 1 The far-right and openly anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (Alternative für Deutschland, AfD) not only entered parliament for the first time

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Explaining Germany's Electoral Geography

Evidence from the Eastern States

Steven Wuhs and Eric McLaughlin

Partisan attachments and voting behavior in Germany today are more volatile than in the past. This article tests the enduring influence of social cleavages on voting relative to two other factors that account for party performance: path dependent forces and spatial dependence. Drawing on original data from the eastern German states, we explain support for Germany’s main parties in the 2017 federal election. We find relatively weak evidence for continued influence of social divisions for the major parties, but that support for the radical right Alternative for Germany (AfD) did reflect underlying cleavage structures. Additionally, we identify reliable effects of the historical immigrant population on contemporary voting. We also see weak evidence of lock-in political effects associated with German reunification, limited only to the CDU. Most interestingly, we observe powerful and robust effects of spatial dependence for three of the four parties we examine. We conclude that the effects presented here should signal to scholars of parties and electoral politics the need to incorporate history and geography into their analytical frameworks alongside more traditional approaches, since eastern Germany may in fact be less spatialized than western Germany or other country cases because of the homogenizing efforts of the SED regime.

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Politics and Power After the 2017 Bundestag Election

Eric Langenbacher

Although it has not been that long since the articles of the previous special issue devoted to the 2017 Bundestag election and its aftermath have been published, the political situation in Germany appears to have stabilized. After almost six months

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Radical Right-Wing Populists in Parliament

Examining the Alternative for Germany in European Context

Lars Rensmann

examined here). 26 Following double-digit electoral performances in West and East German Länder elections in 2016 under Petry’s leadership, the party experienced its second crisis in the prelude to the 2017 Bundestag election. Even though Petry had

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The Race for Third

Small Parties in the 2017 Bundestag Election

David F. Patton

Small German parties achieved unprecedented success in the 2017 Bundestag election. 1 Leading the pack, the Alternative for Germany (AfD) took 12.6 percent of the vote to finish third, marking the first time since the Federal Republic’s founding

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Stephen F. Szabo

The main consequence of the 2017 Bundestag election has been its impact on the stability and reliability of Germany as a foreign policy actor. The emergence of a seven-party system is likely to be a factor for at least the next four to eight years

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Germany and the United States

Whither “Partners in Leadership”?

Matthew Rhodes

Framework Nation Concept 30 and a new mobility command within the Alliance. In the meantime, a version of political change also came to Germany. The September 2017 Bundestag elections further fragmented party representation, most dramatically due to the