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Exploring the strategy of government: a statecraft assessment of Angela Merkel’s chancellorship from 2005 to 2017

Exploring the strategy of government: a statecraft assessment of Angela Merkel’s chancellorship from 2005 to 2017

Schnee, Christian (2019) Exploring the strategy of government: a statecraft assessment of Angela Merkel’s chancellorship from 2005 to 2017. Politics. ISSN 0263-3957 (Print), 1467-9256 (Online) (In Press) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1177/0263395719881035)

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Abstract

As chancellor Angela Merkel is on course to tie with Helmut Kohl as the longest serving democratically elected German head of government, it is time to attempt an initial assessment of the first 12 years of her chancellorship from 2005 to 2017 which left its marks both on German politics and European affairs. Bulpitt’s statecraft model is applied to evaluate the chancellor’s performance and to judge both achievements and shortcomings of Merkel’s incumbency. The theoretical approach chosen provides a scaffolding to direct the research which casts particular attention on four descriptive categories that help condition judgements of a leader’s success and failure and take into consideration attitude and behaviour of elites within the system whose actions and degree of allegiance may have advanced or constrained Merkel’s leadership. The findings suggest a mixed record that portrays Merkel as an efficient operator whose clout hinged on a firm grip on the CDU (Christian Democratic Union) apparatus and effective management of the parliamentary party. Yet even at the apex of her power, Merkel did not achieve or seek argument hegemony in the public discourse.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Angela Merkel, German chancellor, leadership, statecraft
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Department of Marketing, Events & Tourism
Last Modified: 04 Nov 2019 11:37
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/25906

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