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.
Thirty Years of Bundestag Presence: A Tally of the Greens’ Impact on the Federal Republic of Germany’s Political Life and Public Culture
As we look to the German federal elections in 2013, AICGS’ newest publication considers three decades of a changing political landscape with the emergence of the Green Party. Andrei Markovits and Joseph Klaver examine the central issues within the party, and within German politics. The authors discuss how the Green Party built… Read more >
Download Policy Report The observed capital flows out of distressed countries into countries that are seen as “safe harbors” have in fact resulted in historically low yields of German and U.S. government bonds and helped the respective government budgeting. However, the current trading levels are unlikely to be sustainable and should not… Read more >
Foreign policy in the race for the presidency has historically not been center stage, or barely even on stage at all. While the vote is predicted to be focused primarily on jobs and the economy, the 2012 election is concluding with a number of foreign and security issues that will confront the… Read more >
American elections are many things. One thing they rarely produce, however, is a deep and detailed discussion of policy proposals. This is particularly true for economic policy. In 2012, both presidential candidates have gone to great lengths to avoid discussing what they would actually do if elected because each is likely to… Read more >
Changing party dynamics will be at play in the run-up to the 2013 German parliamentary elections.
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.
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.
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.
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…