The 1990 German Federal Election and the National Unification: A Watershed in German Electoral History?


Journal Article

The December 1990 German election resulted in a dramatic weakening of the Social Democratic and Green opposition parties, a moderate strengthening of the government coalition, and a unprecedented low voter turnout. This article explains the electoral outcome in terms of the interpretive frames each party employed to address the issue of unification in the election campaign in light of their past voter appeals and stances on the German question. Within the Social Democratic and the Green left-libertarian discourse, it was particularly difficult to assign a meaningful role to the concept of the nation and national unification. © 1991, Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Kitschelt, H

Published Date

  • October 1, 1991

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 14 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 121 - 148

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1743-9655

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0140-2382

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/01402389108424879

Citation Source

  • Scopus