The German Green Party has succeeded in taking over governmental responsibility in the majority of the 16 German federal states. However, in order to remain successful – also in view of the upcoming federal elections – a sober look at the factors which led to the success and which will continue to do so in the future is required. How exactly do the Greens govern? How does government participation change the decision-making processes and the political objectives of a party? How does good cooperation between those responsible in federal and state government function?
Based on four dozen interviews the study addresses these questions. The study not only provides deep insights into how the Green Party governs within Germany’s federalism, but also offers clues for Green Parties around the world how to organize and reach political goals. This English version is based on the original German version which was published in December 2016. The English version was made possible thanks to the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung EU and the Green European Foundation.
The study was released at the Global Greens & European Greens Congress in Liverpool on March 31, 2017. A video of the presentation is available here.