Not much ado about quite a lot? The German election of September 2013

Hoff, Benjamin-Immanuel and Hough, Dan (2014) Not much ado about quite a lot? The German election of September 2013. Representation, 50 (1). pp. 129-137. ISSN 0034-4893

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Abstract

The German election of 22 September 2013 saw Angela Merkel’s CDU/CSU return triumphantly to office.
Merkel’s party won as she is widely admired and, most importantly, she is widely trusted to lead
Germany through potentially challenging times. So, all much as was. Yet beneath the surface the tectonic
plates of German party politics are shifting. The Social Democrats appear to be stuck in an electoral trough, whilst the number of politically relevant smaller parties is increasing. Although the liberal FDP failed to re-enter parliament for the first time in post-war history, and both the Pirates and Alternative for Germany (AfG) also fell at the final (5%) hurdle, the era of multi-party politics is now well and truly with us. The CDU/CSU and SPD will lead Germany until 2017, but the story of what happens then
really is anyone’s guess.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Germany, elections, 2013, Merkel
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Politics
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN3201 Germany
Depositing User: Daniel Hough
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2014 10:23
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2017 09:54
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/48095

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