The SPD and the 2021 Federal Election

Ed Turner*, Davide Vampa, Matthias Scantamburlo

*Corresponding author for this work

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This chapter outlines the background to the SPD’s remarkable election success in 2021, in spite of being in third place in opinion polls just months before polling day. It illustrates how the Covid-19 pandemic shifted the party’s fiscal policy in a way which led to greater internal cohesion as well as boosting its popularity; how the election of two left-wing party leaders ended up being to the benefit of the centrist Chancellor Candidate, Olaf Scholz, and how the party profited from weak opponents. However, it also points to the difficulties the party had in its first year in office, largely caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe 2021 German Federal Election
EditorsRoss Campbell, Louise Davidson-Schmich
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-031-38930-6
ISBN (Print)978-3-031-38929-0, 978-3-031-38932-0
Publication statusPublished - 15 Dec 2023

Publication series

NameNew Perspectives in German Political Studies
ISSN (Print)2947-6747
ISSN (Electronic)2947-6755


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