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Investing in Early Crisis Relief or Reelection?: Comparing German Party Responses to the Euro Crisis

Hennessy, A (2017) 'Investing in Early Crisis Relief or Reelection?: Comparing German Party Responses to the Euro Crisis.' German Politics and Society, 35 (3). 1 - 23. ISSN 1045-0300

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Abstract

How do political parties respond to a major economic shock? This article studies this question in the context of the eurozone crisis. Specifically, I analyze the partisan appeals made by German politicians in the run-up to the 2013 federal election in Germany. Contrary to existing models of party responsiveness, I argue that enacting quick crisis resolution mechanisms is not always the main concern of reelection-seeking politicians. Instead, officials may have incentives to deliberately withhold emergency measures in an effort to win a mandate for more comprehensive policy solutions later. The findings have implications for notions of democratic accountability.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 2013 federal election, crisis management, euro crisis, Germany, party responsiveness, political parties
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2018 14:46
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2018 14:46
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/21066

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