Thirty Years of Bundestag Presence: A Tally of the Greens’ Impact on the Federal Republic of Germany’s Political Life and Public Culture

Joschka Fischer and author Andrei Markovits at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum on the University of Michigan's Ann Arbor campus during Fischer's visit to receive an honorary Doctor of Laws.
Joschka Fischer and author Andrei Markovits pat the statue of  a bronze Wolverine at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum on the University of Michigan’s Ann Arbor campus during Fischer’s visit to receive an honorary Doctor of Laws.

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 its “brand” and, in so doing, ushered in a fundamental change in German politics and society. It is a useful example of the way in which new political parties enter the scene and impact the agenda in Germany.

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Andrei Markovits

University of Michigan

Andrei S. Markovits is an Arthur F. Thurnau and the Karl W. Deutsch Collegiate Professor of Comparative Politics and German Studies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.