German Polity

ISBN-10: 144221645X
ISBN-13: 9781442216457
Edition: 10th 2013 (Revised)
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Book details

Edition: 10th
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/18/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 436
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.958
Language: English

Eric Langenbacher is a Visiting Assistant Professor and Director of Honors and Special Programs in the Department of Government, Georgetown University. He is editor of Between Left and Right: The 2009 Bundestag Election and the Transformation of the German Party System (Berghahn, 2010).

Preface to the Tenth Edition
Introduction to the Tenth Edition
The Study of German Politics
The Plan of This Book
The Historical Setting
The First Reich
The Rise of Prussia
The Empire, 1871-1918
World War I and the Collapse of the Second Reich
The Weimar Republic, 1919-1933
The Nazi Seizure of Power
The Third Reich and World War II
Foreign Occupation and National Division
The Formation of the Federal Republic
Eastern Germany before and after Reunification
Building Socialism, 1949-1961
The Stasi
The June 1953 Uprising
After the Wall-Stability and Consolidation, 1961-1970
The Honecker Era, 1971-1985
Perestroika and the Crisis of the Regime, 1985-1989
The Collapse of Communism
The Unification Process
The West German Response
The East German Opposition
The Soviet Factor
Legal and Constitutional Dimensions of the Unification Process
Unification: A Brief Analysis
The Aftermath of Unification
The Economy
The Environment
The "Wall in People's Heads"
The Social and Economic Setting
Area and Population
Urbanization and Industrialization
An Export-Oriented Economy
The Rural Sector
Regionalism
Occupational and Class Structure
The Economy
From Economic Basket Case to Savior of the Euro
The Economy's Hidden Champions: The Mittelstand
Continued Challenges
Income Structure
Capital Resources
Religious Composition
Age and Family Structure
Family Structure
The Educational System
Basic Structure
Mass Media
The Press
Television and Radio
Summary and Conclusion
Political Culture, Participation, and Civil Liberties
Political Values
National Identity
Legitimacy
Democratic Support in East Germany
Political Interest and Involvement
The General Pattern
Social Capital
New Forms of Political Participation: Citizen Groups and Movements
Civil Liberties and Human Rights
Civil Liberties Controversies
The Status and Role of Key Social Groups
Residents with a Migration Background
Women
Women in Eastern Germany
Youth
Refugees and Resettlers
Political Radicals and Extremists
Summary and Conclusion
The Party System and the Representation of Interests
The Party State
The Party System
The Christian Democrats
The Social Democrats
The Free Democrats
The Greens
The Left Party
Other Parties
The Representation of Interests
Extent of Interest Groups
Major Interest Alignments
Summary and Conclusion
Elections and Voting Behavior
Electoral Mechanics
The Electoral System
Nomination and Candidate Selection
Criteria for Selection
Electoral Politics and Campaign Styles
Media
Campaign and Party Finance
The Pattern of Federal Elections
Elections after Reunification
The 2005 and 2009 Elections: The End of Two-Party Dominance?
Basic Orientations of the Electorate
Ideology
Party Preference
Determinants of Voting Behavior
Sociodemographic Factors
Voter Dynamics
Summary and Conclusion
Policy-Making Institutions I: Parliament and Executive
Legislative Institutions
The Bundestag: The Main Political Battleground
The Bundesrat: The "Quiet" Second Chamber
Executive Institutions: Chancellor and Cabinet
Chancellor Democracy
The Chancellors of the Federal Republic
The Federal President
Summary of the Formal Lawmaking Process
Preparliamentary Stage
Parliamentary Stage
Policy-Making Institutions II: Administration, Semipublic Institutions, and Courts
Development of the German Administrative and Judicial System
State Administration
Structure
Personnel
Pressures for Reform
Semipublic Institutions
The Social Security and Health Systems
The Federal Labor Agency
The Bundesbank
The Judiciary and the Court System
The Character of German Law
The Judiciary
Court Structure
Judicial Review and the Federal Constitutional Court
Summary and Conclusion
Subnational Units: Federalism and Local Government
The Development of German Federalism
State-Level Politics
Unity and Diversity among German States
The Constitutional Structure of the States
State-Level Party Systems
Electoral Politics in the States
Leaders and Policies
Federal-State Integration: Revenue Sharing
Vertical Equalization and Tax Sharing
The Future of Federalism
Federalism Reform
Local Government
Structures and Functions
Challenges to Local Government
Summary and Conclusion
The Return of German Power: The Federal Republic's Foreign and European Policy
The German Question
Postwar Transformation
Institutions and Socialization
Reconciliation
Soft Power
Multilateralism
The Postunification Period: A New Version of the German Question
From the 1991 Gulf War to Kosovo
Into the Twenty-First Century
The European Union
The Impact of European Integration on Germany
The Euro
The Never-Ending Euro Crisis?
The Euro Stops Here
Summary and Conclusion
Conclusion: Germany's Rise and Future Challenges
The Past and Future of German Exceptionalism
Reforming the Gridlocked Republic?
The Future of the Welfare State and the New Poverty
Germany after Merkel
Looking Back and Looking Forward: The German Experience of Political Development and the Future of German Power
Bibliography
Index
About the Authors

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