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“The Red-Green Model, the Neue Mitte and Europeanisation: Conflicting Trends within German Social Democracy”

Lees, Charles. (1999) “The Red-Green Model, the Neue Mitte and Europeanisation: Conflicting Trends within German Social Democracy”. In: UNSPECIFIED, Pittsburgh, PA. (Unpublished)

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    A crucial factor in the shaping of [the] Social Democratic-led project is the acknowledgment (in the case of the Greens)-and domestic political management of-the process of ‘Europeanisation.’ For the purposes of this paper, Robert Ladrech’s definition of Europeanisation as ‘an incremental process reorienting the direction and shape of politics to the degree that EC political and economic dynamics become part of the organisational logic of national politics and policy making’ (1994: 70) provides a satisfactory starting point. Europeanisation in this sense is both an independent and dependent variable. It acts as an exogenous factor within the domestic politics and policy making ‘arena,’ yet its institutional essence is constantly re-constituted-and its parameters redefined-by the process of national preference formation and subsequent interstate bargaining (Moravcsik 1994, 1999). In other words, a duality exists between the two functions. This paper focuses on this duality as it impacts upon, first, German statecraft and policy processes and, second, German party politics and policy preferences. The division between statecraft and party politics (and of course policy processes and preferences) is somewhat arbitrary, but serves to illustrate two temporal frameworks with their own utility flows. The former involves a ‘long game’ that transcends-or at least lasts longer than-the shorter and more volatile game of party politics and coalition management.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > europeanisation/europeanization & European identity
    Countries > Germany
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > political affairs > political parties
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 1999 (6th), June 2-5, 1999
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2006
    Page Range: p. 22
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:22

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