Foreign and European Policy Issues in the 2002 Bundestag Elections

in German Politics and Society

Is it always the economy, or do external issues sometimes matter,

too? Consistent with the Clinton campaign slogan of 1992, political

scientists generally predict that domestic economic issues are primary

in determining election winners. This proposition, with its several

variants, rests on many years of survey data and analysis that

have consistently indicated that international conditions and foreign

policy rarely, if ever, rate highly in public concerns and therefore

seldom affect election outcomes.

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