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The perennial success of the German Greens

Rudig, Wolfgang (2012) The perennial success of the German Greens. Environmental Politics, 21 (1). pp. 108-130. ISSN 0964-4016

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Abstract

The German Greens achieved a record result in the federal elections of 2009. The paper explores a range of factors that might explain the success of the party. Using both qualitative and quantitative methods, it is argued that the excellent electoral result of 2009 was not an isolated phenomenon but is in line with a long-term growth of green electoral support which has a strong generational basis. A ‘feminization’ and ‘greying’ of green voters can be diagnosed. Despite the party’s effort to emphasize a range of economic and social issues in its campaigning, the chief factors explaining green voting remain environmental concern and opposition to nuclear energy.

Item type: Article
ID code: 37308
Keywords: Green Party, Germany, voting, political generations, Political theory, Sociology and Political Science, Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
Subjects: Political Science > Political theory
Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Government and Public Policy > Politics
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Depositing user: Pure Administrator
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2012 12:43
Last modified: 27 Jun 2014 05:09
URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/37308

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