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Continuing Formalization of Coalition Formation with a New “Sound”

Negotiating the Coalition Contract after the 2021 Bundestag Election

Sven T. Siefken

say on entering a coalition. 2 Thus, coalition formation and coalition management remain part of informal politics. 3 Nevertheless, how coalitions are built has become increasingly institutionalized in recent years—not by formal rules but by

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Setting a Trend?

Support for the Greens and the FDP in the 2021 Bundestag Election

Andreas M. Wüst

The 2021 Bundestag election brought an end to the model of grand coalitions that Germany had witnessed in 12 out of the 16 years of Angela Merkel’s chancellorship. While older voters often switched from the Christian Democrats to the Social Democrats, young voters might have set a trend in 2021 by voting for non-governing parties, allowing the Greens and the fdp to enter the new government. Have we witnessed more than a situational switch from the Volksparteien to a new yellow-green alliance, maybe even the rise of a generational cleavage? This article provides empirical evidence for dissatisfaction with the grand coalition government and the quest for change among young voters—a fight against climate change combined with state-centered social policies among Green voters, and a broad liberal program for progress among fdp voters. Yet the reasons that young people support these parties differ significantly. Thus, it is thin empirical ice to associate the yellow-green boost among young voters with a new generational cleavage.

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Michelle I. Gawerc and David S. Meyer

twenty years. The first publications, appearing after he took up an appointment as an assistant professor (how the world has changed!), came from the dissertation and developed a theory of coalition formation. Informed—and frustrated by—game theory

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Politics and Power After the 2017 Bundestag Election

Eric Langenbacher

led to the election result, the authors examine the new coalition formation environment. It will take a while for the parties to adapt to the novel options: grand coalitions as in Austria, a partisan divide-spanning coalition of the center, or a

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Sarah Wiliarty and Louise K. Davidson-Schmich

become more skeptical of allowing new arrivals into the country. The inner workings of the Bundestag have been disrupted and parties are scrambling to win back voters lost to the Alternative for Germany. Coalition formation has become more difficult as

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The Alternative for Germany from Breakthrough toward Consolidation?

A Comparative Perspective on Its Organizational Development

E. Gene Frankland

votes from the fdp to bring it below the 5 percent hurdle (no seats) for the first time in history and without this “hinge” party, coalition formation became a challenge. AfD voters were disproportionately males, under forty-five years-old, blue collar

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The Centrality of Difference in Coalition-Building across Divides

Palestinian, Israeli, and International Organizations in the Occupied West Bank

Michelle I. Gawerc

ease coalition-formation by prioritizing the perspectives of the local Palestinians. Nonetheless, the literature is clear that coalitions are often motivated by threats or opportunities ( Van Dyke and Amos 2017 ), and threats are particularly strong

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The Race for Third

Small Parties in the 2017 Bundestag Election

David F. Patton

, the options for coalition formation had narrowed considerably in 2017. Second, and relatedly, the small parties’ inability to translate their enhanced size into cabinet seats stemmed from the fact that expectations surrounding party system formation

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Asymmetries of Spatial Contestations

Controlling Protest Spaces and Coalition-Building during the Iranian December 2017 Protests

Tareq Sydiq

, which is determined by the built environment, but can also be impacted through the deliberate interruptions of protest groups. I have detailed how coalition formation is impacted by these practices; the protest groups are in turn affected by this. How

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The Best of Times, the Worst of Times

Angela Merkel, the Grand Coalition, and “Majority Rule” in Germany

Joyce Marie Mushaben

-First Century—A Different Republic After All? (Basingstoke, 2010). 27 Olsen examines three further contextual factors affecting leadership styles: a) conditions leading up to grand coalition formation; b) the presence/absence of “party stars” in the cabinet