Germany after the Grand Coalition

Governance and Politics in a Turbulent Environment

  • Silvia Bolgherini
  • Florian Grotz

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Introduction

    1. Silvia Bolgherini, Florian Grotz
      Pages 1-11
  3. The Legacies of the Grand Coalition

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Reimut Zohlnhöfer
      Pages 15-30
    3. Julia von Blumenthal
      Pages 31-48
    4. Silvia Bolgherini, Florian Grotz
      Pages 49-68
    5. Gisela Müller-Brandeck-Bocquet
      Pages 69-86
  4. The Federal Elections of September 27, 2009

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 87-87
    2. Giorgia Bulli
      Pages 89-106
    3. Mario Caciagli
      Pages 107-124
    4. Bernhard Weßels
      Pages 125-143
  5. The New Government and the Challenges Ahead

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 145-145
    2. Suzanne S. Schüttemeyer
      Pages 147-163
    3. Roland Sturm
      Pages 165-178
    4. Florian Grotz, Silvia Bolgherini
      Pages 195-206
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 207-231

About this book


In Germany, Grand Coalitions of the two major parties - the Christian Democrats (CDU/CSU) and the Social Democrats (SPD) - generally have a bad reputation. Hence, the CDU/CSU-SPD government under Angela Merkel (2005-2009) was neither the parties' nor the citizens' preferred choice, its performance was seen quite critical from the outset, and it was finished without further ado after the 2009 federal election. Has the Grand Coalition 2005-2009 been a single episode or rather a turning point for German politics? This book provides a retrospective of the first Merkel government, an analysis of the 2009 election and an account of its prospective consequences.


constitution desegregation European Integration European Union (EU) federalism governance government Policy politics transformation

Editors and affiliations

  • Silvia Bolgherini
    • 1
  • Florian Grotz
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Naples Federico IIItaly
  2. 2.Leuphana University LüneburgGermany

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