The Green Party in Germany’s state governments

In April 2017, the Heinrich-Böll-Foundation published the study German Greens in Coalition Governments, in which the experiences of the German Green party in state governments are analyzed. Since its publication much has changed due to state elections, which is why the study will receive an update in several blog posts and a second edition. Additionally, I am working on a new study which focuses on the impact of the Green party in the field of ecologic policies.
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Strategic flexibility

In comparison to its international peers, the German Green Party (called Alliance 90/The Greens) is considered to be influential. The party does not only have a strong record of electoral success and leaving its governance foot mark with signature policies like Germany’s nuclear phaseout. The Greens currently co-govern in 11 out of Germany’s 16 states. In my home state of Baden-Württemberg they are even the strongest party in parliament and lead the coalition. So what makes Germany’s Greens comparably successful? Continue Reading


German Greens in Coalition Governments

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? Continue Reading



Do parties matter? The German Greens and their impact on the Energiewende

Energy experts often argue about the best path forward, transitioning to a truly sustainable economy.  Many see Germany with its Energiewende leading this transition. But, assuming the observation is correct, why so? Why is Germany moving faster than, let’s say, the United States? One of the factors which is often mentioned is the political system. Do parties matter? is an old, but nevertheless highly current question of political scientists around the world. So what was, and is the role of the German Green Party in the Energiewende?

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