The Greens have been not only a political force and social conscience for Germany but also an inspiration to political groups and movements in many countries. This book includes essays that provide a picture of the dynamics of the German Greens where their support has come from, the nature of the competing factions, and the place of feminism.
Margit Mayer is Professor of Politics at the Free University of Berlin. She has also taught at the New School for Social Research and the University of California, Santa Cruz.
John Ely is a long-time commentator on social movements in Germany.
Part I. Introduction 1. Success and Dilemmas of Green Party Politics --Margit Mayer and John Ely Part II. Emergence and Characteristics of the West German Green Party 2. A Brief History of the German Green Party --Horst Mewes 3. From Competing Factions within the Green Party to the Rise of Realos --Roland Roth and Detlef Murphy 4. Who Votes Green? Sources and Trends of Green Support --Lutz Mez Part III. In Parliament: Green Principles in Real Politics 5. What Happens to Green Principles in Electoral and Parliamentary Politics? --Lilian Klotzsch, Klaus Konemann, Jorg Wischermann, and Bodo Zeuner 6. Green Feminism in Parliamentary Politics --Claudia Pinl 7. The Phantasm of Grassroots Democracy --Alex Demirovic Part IV. Positions in the Debate: How to Resolve the Paradox 8. From Youth to Maturity: The Challenge of Party Politics --Claus Offe 9. A Party Is Not a Movement and Vice Versa --Joachim Hirsch Part V. Beyond Germany 10. Green Politics in Europe and the United States --John Ely Part VI. Documents 11. Founding Documents 12. Position Papers of the Main Factions within the Green Party 13. New Themes in Old Parliaments: Parliamentary Speeches and Party Statements 14. Programmatic Texts and Resolutions Selected Annotated Bibliography of English-Language Publications Selected Annotated Bibliography of German-Language Publications About the Contributors Index
"...virtually all [essays] provide useful treatments of important questions relevant to the movement-party 'paradox.' ...The German Greens merits the attention not only of students of Green and German parliamentary politics, but of anyone interested in a case study of the adaptation of an outsider group to insider and institutionalized status."
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