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Modern German Studies
Power Shift in Germany
The 1998 Election and the End of the Kohl Era
Edited by David P. Conradt, Gerald R. Kleinfeld and Christian Søe
288 pages, 13 figs, 18 tables, bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-57181-199-8 $120.00/£85.00 Hb Published (September 2000)
ISBN 978-1-57181-200-1 $34.95/£24.00 Pb Published (September 2000)
eISBN 978-1-78533-002-5 eBook
"The essays are sophisticated and provide all the basic information, historical background, and statistics." · German Life
Germany's landmark 1998 election saw for the first time in the Republic's fifty-year historyan incumbent Chancellor and his entire government replaced. In this collection fourteen distinguished scholars, from both sides of the Atlantic, have come together to give the first detailed scholarly account of this historic event. From a variety of perspectives the essays, based on in-depth interviews, explore the election candidates, parties, and issues, and places them within the context of the Federal Republic's history, the end of the Bonn Republic and the beginning of the Berlin Republic. Special chapters focus on the growing importance of women inelectoral politics, voting behavior and the influence of the media, and the significance of the election for the European Union.
Based on in-depth interviews with political leaders and extensive field research this book is ideally suited for specialists in German and European politics and the interested reader who wants far more depth of coverage than the main stream media can provide.
David Conradt is Professor of Political Science at the University of East Carolina.
Gerald R. Kleinfeld is Professor of History at Arizona State University.
Christian Søe is Professor of Political Science at California State University, Long Beach.
Subject: Postwar History
Chapter 1. Fifty Years of Federal Elections
Chapter 2. The 1998 Campaign and Election
Chapter 3. East-West Differences, Media and Campaign
Chapter 4. Economic Issues, Women and the 1998 Election
Chapter 5. Voting Behaviour in 1998
Chapter 6. Radical Right, Germany and the European Union, and Globalism after the Elections
Chapter 7. The 1998 German Elections in Comparative Perspective
Notes on Contributors
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