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    Critically democratic: Explaining the collapse and revival of political support in Germany

Critically democratic: Explaining the collapse and revival of political support in Germany

Recent decades have been associated with declining public trust in democratic institutions across Europe. Drawing on new research of German public attitudes, Ross Campbell illustrates that this picture may be more complex than is generally recognised. Although satisfaction with democracy and trust in democratic institutions declined sharply following German reunification in 1990, public criticism of institutions and the functioning […]

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    Down but not out: The CSU’s faltering performance in the Bavarian state elections

Down but not out: The CSU’s faltering performance in the Bavarian state elections

The Christian Social Union (CSU) has dominated politics in Bavaria for decades, but the result in the Bavarian state elections on 14 October represented the party’s worst electoral performance since 1954. Ross Campbell writes that in focusing its appeal on immigration, the CSU badly misread the priorities of the Bavarian electorate, but the party is nevertheless capable of rebuilding […]

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    German consensus politics must adapt to the adversarial approach of the AfD

German consensus politics must adapt to the adversarial approach of the AfD

Consensus building is often cited as one of the core features of German political culture, but do the results of the 2017 federal elections suggest a different approach is required by the country’s mainstream parties? Ross Campbell highlights that with the growth of the AfD, the political system must now adapt to a new political actor from the right, […]

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    Against the odds: The improbable journey of Die Linke through unified Germany

Against the odds: The improbable journey of Die Linke through unified Germany

Opinion polls suggest that as many as six independent parties could cross the electoral threshold and enter the Bundestag in Germany’s federal elections in September. In advance of the elections, we will be running a series profiling each of these parties. In the first article of the series, Ross Campbell writes on the German Left Party (Die Linke), which has […]

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