Political-economic context and partisan strategies in the German federal elections, 1990-2002


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With the intensifying crisis of the German political-economic model, federal elections signal the beginning of a polarising realignment that rallies beneficiaries of the status quo, particularly white collar employees in non-profit sectors, individuals with weak human capital endowments, and the elderly living off public pensions, to the more social-protectionist social democrats and, to a declining extent, the Greens. In contrast, voters situated in the market-exposed sector and with strong professional skills to compete in that sector opt for liberals and Christian democrats, who begin to sharpen their market-liberal profile. In 1998 and 2002, the socialprotectionist camp prevailed, but its opponents may win in the future if economic conditions worsen and the governing parties fail to deliver reform. © 2004 Frank Cass & Co. Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Kitschelt, H

Published Date

  • February 5, 2004

Book Title

  • Germany: Beyond the Stable State

Start / End Page

  • 118 - 143

International Standard Book Number 10 (ISBN-10)

  • 0714655880

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9780203489154

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.4324/9780203489154

Citation Source

  • Scopus