Don't Think Twice, It's Alright: SPD-Left Party/PDS Coalitions in the Eastern German Länder

Olsen, Jonathan and Hough, Dan (2007) Don't Think Twice, It's Alright: SPD-Left Party/PDS Coalitions in the Eastern German Länder. German Politics and Society, 25 (3). pp. 1-24. ISSN 1045-0300

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Abstract

This article analyses the development of Left Party/PDS-SPD coalitions in the eastern German Länder. It develops an explanatory framework based on attempts to understand how red-green coalitions came into being in the 1990s. The article concludes that red-red coalitions emerge when four basic criteria are fulfilled: the SPD has few other viable potential coalition options and believes it can gain in strategic terms; the ideological distance between the Left Party/PDS and SPD is small; and the personal relationships between Land-level leaders are good. The paper also argues that the heterogeneity of the Left Party/PDS is likely to ensure that Land-specific solutions to Land-specific coalition dilemmas are very likely to remain of significance in the future.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Politics
Depositing User: Daniel Hough
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 21:17
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2015 10:06
URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/30649
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