The Green Party evolved out of a number of protest movements of the late 1960s and 1970s and became a major political factor in the Federal Republic of Germany in 1983 when it drew enough votes to send twenty-seven members to the Bundestag. The author follows the party’s rise from new social and ecological groups to its current place in the Federal parliament and provincial legislatures. He addresses the questions raised by Green Party members and by the unrest they have engendered—whether they believe in parliamentary democracy, what effect their policy of replacing delegates in parliament at midsession will have on the parliament and the party, and how they relate to Germany’s traditional political parties. The answers to these and other questions form the background for an appraisal of the Green party in which the author traces the development of its role from a political irritant to a factor of serious influence.
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Also of Interest -- Gerd Langguth -- Foreword -- The Formation of the Green Party -- The Social Background of the Green Voters -- Party and Caucus Structure -- Composition of the Green Caucuses -- The Policies of the Greens -- The Greens and the SPD -- The Relationship of the Greens to Communist Groups -- The Greens: Power or Nuisance? -- Organizations
"Gerd Langguth is a political scientist and director of the Federal Center for Political Education in Bonn. He was a Christian Democratic party representative to the Bundestag from 1976 to 1980 and is the author of numerous books on German youth and protest movements. Richard Straus, who translated the book from German, is a retired U.S. Foreign Service officer who has long been active in the development of German-American relations."