The German party system(s) in 2005: A return to Volkspartei dominance


Lees, C., 2006. The German party system(s) in 2005: A return to Volkspartei dominance. German Politics, 15 (4), pp. 361-375.

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    The article assesses the socio-structural underpinnings and systemic dynamics of the contemporary German party system and identifies four phenomena: an increased level of fractionalisation that has made it more difficult for small parties to assume the ?kingmaker? or ?pivot? role; the continued strengthening of a two-bloc dynamic; the emergence and persistence of the new territorial cleavage in the united Germany; and, a skew in the party system to the left that has shifted the position of the median legislator. It is argued that all these changes have served to re-assert the dominance of the two Volksparteien and have been particularly advantageous to the SPD. The article concludes by arguing that the outcome of the 2005 federal election can thus be seen as very much in keeping with these trends.


    Item Type Articles
    CreatorsLees, C.
    DepartmentsFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Politics Languages and International Studies
    Publisher StatementLees_2006_German_Politics_15_4_361.pdf: This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Lees, C 2006, 'The German party system(s) in 2005: A return to volkspartei dominance' German Politics, vol 15, no. 4, pp. 361-375, copyright Taylor & Francis, available online at:
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