Paradise postponed: An assessment of ten years of governmental participation by the German green party: 1985-95

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Abstract

This chapter aims to survey the extent of Green involvement in subnational coalitions from the first ‘red-green’ coalitions in Hessen and West Berlin through to the mid-1990s. It assesses the impact that green ideas have had on policy-making; and considers to what extent the Green Party itself has been responsible for defining this impact, or whether the peculiarities of the German policy process have effectively set their own agenda. The chapter outlines the extent to which policies directly associated with the Greens were actually implemented. The Greens could not have hoped to remain aloof from the pressures of political praxis and the opportunity structure has performed a constraining as well as enabling role upon the party and the wider green agenda. In this sense, any realisation of the more utopian green vision that provided much of the party’s initial impetus and enthusiasm has been postponed-perhaps indefinitely.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Emergence of Ecological Modernisation
Subtitle of host publicationIntegrating the Environment and the Economy?
EditorsStephen C. Young
PublisherTaylor and Francis Group
Pages189-208
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781317798866
ISBN (Print)0415141737
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameRoutledge Research in Environmental Politics
PublisherRoutledge

Keywords

  • green politics
  • Environmental economics
  • European Union (EU)
  • German politics

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