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Opposition im Bayerischen Landtag 1994-1998.

Steinack, Katrin (2007) Opposition im Bayerischen Landtag 1994-1998. Europäische Hochschulschriften, 534 . Peter Lang Verlag, Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 378 pp. ISBN 3-631-55654-3. (KAR id:1394)

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Abstract

I analysed opposition strategies and patterns of the Parliamentary Party Groups (PPGs) of Social Democrats (SPD) and the Green Party in the Bavarian State Parliament within the 13th congressional term (1994-1998). While the German National Parliament (Bundestag) and other German state parliaments use to produce changing governments run by coalition parties, the situation in Bavaria is defined by the hegemony of the Christian Social Union (CSU) who has been governing the state without the need to build a coalition since 1962. Exploring the Bavarian State Parliament was especially promising since it shows an extreme, maybe even desperate, case of opposition which seemed prone to question common findings on how opposition can influence the political majority’s politics.

Apart from 21 expert interviews (guided by central questions) with members of all PPGs I examined nine legislative procedures in detail and analysed all other parliamentary actions within the congressional term. Additional sources of information were the socio-demographic analysis of the 13th Bavarian State Parliament’s members, the archives of pressure groups involved in some of the legislative procedures and the media’s reports on the parliament and its politics throughout the period in question.

• a strategy of matter-of-factly cooperation focused on committee meetings and private discussions inside parliament

Applying those strategies both parties were successful in influencing the majority’s decision making, proving that – despite of it’s long hegemonic tradition – Bavaria isn’t a special case if it comes to parliamentary decision making. Distinctive features in the opposition PPGs’ appearance and the strategies they choose in order to gain influence reflect significant profiles of party politics. The Social Democrats focused on a strategy of matter-of-factly cooperation and sought to intermediate in some controversial legislative cases. In contrast, the Greens chose confrontational power politics with a high engagement of the media which had their main effect outside parliament.

Item Type: Book
Uncontrolled keywords: Parliament, Opposition, Parliamentary Party Groups, Political Culture, Bavaria, Germany, CSU, SPD, Bündnis 90/Die Grünen
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions and public administration (Europe)
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > Kent Law School
Depositing User: Katrin Steinack
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2007 18:54 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 12:13 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/1394 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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