In both the U.S. and Germany, elections at the state and federal level can determine the countries’ course over the next two—or more—years. AICGS’ election coverage provides timely analysis of the issues, actors, and politics dominating each election cycle for audiences on both sides of the Atlantic. Experts help put elections into the global context and outline the impacts for local, state, and national policies.

They’ve Come a Long Way – Really? Women in Politics in Germany and the United States

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In this Transatlantic Perspectives essay, DAAD/AICGS Fellow Dr. Isabelle Kürschner examines the increase in women legislators in Germany and the U.S. since the mid-1970s and dissects the factors that contributed to this increase. Dr. Kürschner also looks at the role that women’s organizations and networks play in assisting women legislators, showing a large difference in organizational effectiveness in the two countries.

A Change in Government but No Change in Policy? Implications of the 2009 German Election

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In Issue Brief 32, “A Change in Government But No Change in Policy? Implications of the 2009 German Election,” AICGS Research Associate Kirsten Verclas takes an in-depth look at the results of the 2009 German Bundestag election and their implications for the future of Germany’s party and electoral system. Additionally, the Issue Brief further analyzes the current stance of the new governing coalition on key foreign policy, economic, and domestic issues and the impact this may have on the German-American partnership and U.S. foreign policy interests.

Battle for the Bundestag – The German Election of 2009

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Germany’s historical background, its many linkages with Central and Eastern Europe, and its geographic proximity make it Europe’s most important actor in Eastern Policy. This prominence also makes Germany vital for a solid transatlantic framework to support both the Obama administration’s efforts to redesign relations with Russia and overall Euro-American engagement in the EU’s neighborhood. The Bundestag elections in September will bring changes mostly at the margins of German foreign policy, as key aspects are examples of cross-party consensus…

The 2009 Election: A New Coalition for Germany

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In this Transatlantic Perspectives essay, Dr. Dieter Roth, professor of political science at the University of Heidelberg and the co-founder and former chairman of Forschungsgruppe Wahlen e.V. Mannheim, wraps up the September election with an in-depth look at the voting data from Forschungsgruppe Wahlen and looks to the short-term future for the new CDU/CSU-FDP coalition.

Forging New Alliances at Home and Abroad: German Greens in a Post-Industrial Era

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Colors matter in politics—on both sides of the Atlantic. The United States has blue and red states. In the first few decades after the Second World War, West German politics seemed to rely on a similarly small variety of colors…

The CDU: Still a Party for the Future?

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During most of the last sixty years, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) used to be “the” German party: five out of eight German chancellors have been CDU leaders, forty out of sixty years of the Federal Republic of Germany have seen federal governments with Christian Democratic (and Christian Social, not to forget the Bavarian sister party) ministers…

The Liberal Renaissance

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The Liberal Party in Germany, the Free Democratic Party (FDP), is experiencing an astonishing renaissance in the run-up to the elections on 27 September 2009— despite capitalism’s worst crisis since the 1930s…

Success, But Clouds Loom on the Horizon: The Left Party in 2009

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When one scratches under the surface, however, it becomes clear that 2009 could quite conceivably be as good as it gets for Germany’s newest political party. The LP is the product of a merger between two quite distinct political parties: the predominantly eastern German PDS, with its roots in the Socialist Unity Party (SED) of the GDR, and the much newer SPD off-shoot, the WASG (The Electoral Alternative: Labor and Social Justice)…

The SPD’s Electoral Dilemmas

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AICGS Senior Non-Resident Fellow Dr. Dieter Dettke, Professor at Georgetown University, takes a look at the SPD’s standing before the election and discusses the party’s outlook in the immediate and long-term future, including the possibility of a ‘united left.’ Dr. Dettke says that while the specter of a red-red-green coalition in Berlin looms large, based on the current German electoral system it is unlikely that the SPD and Die Linke will ever unite.

Germany’s Electoral System at 60: Trends and Reforms for the Twenty-first Century

When Germany elected a new government on 27 September 2009, it did so not with an eye to the party, economic, or political successes of the previous sixty years. Rather, the election displayed a startling realignment of the party system. This election, occurring as it did in the middle of a celebration of sixty years of the Federal Republic of Germany, can perhaps be seen as the beginning of a new period of German politics, and its impact on transatlantic relations will continue to be seen…

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