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NUMERO 24 - 19/12/2018

 The German Party System after the 2017 Elections

The German federal elections of 24 September 2017 were the characterized by very substantial losses of the governing parties of the grand coalition, the return of the liberal FDP to the Bundestag and the entry of the right-wing populist Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) into the Bundestag. It was the first time since 1957 that a decidedly right-wing party won seats in the German parliament. This is not the only example of a ‘return to the 1950s’: As will be shown below, the Germany party system resembles now, in many of its structural features, the party system of the 1950s. As the painstakingly long process of government formation has shown, this has had severe consequences on the government formation capacity of the German party system. This contribution will first discuss the most important aspects of the election result and regional strongholds before it takes a long-term view on the changing German party system. It will conclude with a discussion of the wider implications of the changing party system for democratic party government in Germany… (continues)

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