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2005-09-20

Black-Yellow Economy in a Red-Green Society 

Political scientist Joachim Raschke has an interesting analysis [DE] of the German Jamaica-Scenario from the perspective of the Greens at Wahltagebuch.de. Some translated excerpts:
Red-Green has failed in the economic field, Black-Yellow cannot govern against a society based on red-green values. Whatever a sceptical society still affords in attributing economic competence, is almost exclusively directed at the bourgeois parties. After years of stagnation, society wants further impulses of economic dynamisation, both on the supply side and on the demand side. But society is not as dominated by economy as the bourgeois parties and in particular the FDP imagine. Society has high expectations of social justice and solidarity (more important for a large majority than a high work ethic ["Leistung"]), and society wants a tolerant, open and - if it is not too costly - an ecological style of life. There were always doubts whether the SPD would deliver this broad red-green value profile in a grand coalition, or whether it would discard the ecological interests in favour of a hard industrial policy, and discard civic rights in favour of a strong state.

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Four issues would be essential. Safe-guarding the achieved level of red-green ecological and consumer policies. Continuation of a new energy politics with the promotion of alternative energies and insistence on the consensus over an exit from nuclear technology. Continuity in foreign policy (and formula-compromise in the question of Turkish EU-accession, which will not be decided in the coming years). Social symmetry in budget consolidation and in the reform of social systems.

Possibly it will be on the social field where the largest problems of such a new formation lie. Through its emphasis on participatory justice and intergenerational justice, the Greens have been active since some time in the process of a new definition of the social. As a comprehensive advocate of red-green values, they would have to engage more than before in questions of distributional justice, particularly in a coalition with the bourgeois parties. This part of a grand coalition would need to be filled by them. This is another thing that the population, which is afraid of redistribution from the bottom to the top by the Black-Yellows, expects of a coalition that spans the ideological camps.


1 comments:

In einigen Kommunen der Schweiz ist die grüne Bewegung in verschiedene Gruppen zersplittert. Die Mehrheit der Grünen, orientiert sich zwar an klassisch linken Positionen; es gibt aber auch eine liberal-bürgerliche grüne Bewegung.

Ich kenne ja die Verhältnisse in Deutschland nicht genau; aber wenn grüne Politik eine nachhaltige Politik für die Umwelt und die Nachwelt ist, dann sollte doch eine gewisse Schnittmenge zwischen den Liberalen und den Grünen vorhanden sein: keine Schuldenberge und dafür eine Intakte Umwelt für künftige Generationen, Innovation und Förderung im Bereich von Alternativenergien als Standortvorteil, etc. Natürlich: Der Teufel liegt im Detail, in der konkreten Programmausgestaltung.
 
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