German Polity

ISBN-10: 0547150865

ISBN-13: 9780547150864

Edition: 9th 2008

Authors: David P. Conradt

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This comprehensive yet concise introduction to modern German politics emphasizes the structural and attitudinal changes that have taken place over the past half-century in Germany, as well as the policy problems the country faces today. Focusing on the question of whether Germany is becoming the "sick man of Europe," this new edition discusses how many of the current trends and problems--such as labor market reforms, slow economic growth, and rising public deficits--are the result of Germany's poor adjustment to the demands of globalization.
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Book details

List price: $116.95
Edition: 9th
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 6/24/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Tables and Figures
Preface
Introduction
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 Third Reich and World War II
Foreign Occupation and National Division
The Formation of the Federal Republic
Putting Germany Back Together Again: Unification and Its Aftermath
Building Socialism: 1949-1961
After the Wall-Stability and Consolidation: 1961-1970
The Honecker Era: 1971-1985
Perestroika and the Crisis of the Regime: 1985-1989
The "Great Escape" and the Collapse of Communism
The Unification Process
The Aftermath of Unification
The Social and Economic Setting
Area and Population
Urbanization and Industrialization
The Rural Sector
Regionalism
Occupational and Class Structure
The Economy
Religious Composition
Age and Family Structure
The Educational System
Mass Media
Summary and Conclusion
Political Culture, Participation, And Civil Liberties
Political Values
Democratic Support in East Germany
Political Interest and Involvement
Civil Liberties and Human Rights
The Status and Role of Key Social Groups
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
The Representation of Interests
Extent of Interest Groups
Major Interest Alignments
The Churches
Summary and Conclusion
Elections and Voting Behavior
Electoral Mechanics
The Electoral System
Nomination and Candidate Selection
Electoral Politics and Campaign Styles
Campaign and Party Finance
The Pattern of Federal Elections, 1949-2005
Basic Orientations of the Electorate
Determinants of Voting Behavior
Voter Dynamics
Summary and Conclusion
Policymaking 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
Gerhard Schr�der (1998-2005): The Reluctant Reformer
Angela Merkel (2005-): The Accidental Chancellor
The Federal President
Summary of the Formal Lawmaking Process
Preparliamentary Stage
Parliamentary Stage
Policymaking Institutions II: Administration, Semipublic Institutions, and Courts
Development of the German Administrative and Judicial System
State Administration
Semipublic Institutions
Pension Reform
The Judiciary and the Court System
Summary and Conclusion
Subnational Units: Federalism and Local Government
The Development of German Federalism
State-Level Politics
The Constitutional Structure of the States
The Future of Federalism
Local Government
The Urban Crisis, German-Style
Summary and Conclusion
Conclusion: The Unified German Polity Faces the Future
The Stalemate Republic?
Policy Issues and Processes
Germany's New International Role
The German Experience and Political Development
Appendix: The Basic Law of the Federal Republic
Bibliography
Index
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