chapter  1
ORIGINS OF THE GREEN MOVEMENT
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The emergence of the Green Movement is, as I have emphasized, not based solely on features peculiar to the political climate in West Germany. Similar movements have risen and declined throughout the post-war period in different countries. However, the outstanding characteristic of the Green Movement has been its durability over a period of several years (ever since 1975) and its success in maintain­ ing the support of those sections of the electorate that have become detached from the main political parties, particularly the Social Democrats. In this chapter I will only assess the relatively recent (post-war) origins of the Green Movement.