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


Journal Article

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 social-protectionist camp prevailed, but its opponents may win in the future if economic conditions worsen and the governing parties fail to deliver reform.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Kitschelt, H

Published Date

  • October 1, 2003

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 26 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 125 - 152

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0140-2382

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/01402380312331280718

Citation Source

  • Scopus