German Democracy: From Post-World War II to the Present Day

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Bloomsbury Publishing, Aug 1, 2005 - Political Science - 230 pages
When the former allies of World War II divided Germany into two provisional states, no one would have predicted that this would last for nearly half a century. Nor could anyone have predicted that sixty years later, Germany would have shaken off its Nazi past so thoroughly as to emerge as a key player in Western politics.Gert-Joachim Glaessner explains this historic transformation and provides an in-depth introduction to the German political system, its foundations and developments since 1949. Themes covered include the development of the FDR and GDR during the Cold War, the politics of Westernization, the controversies of West Germany's role in NATO and European integration. The author also examines parliamentary institutions, the role of the German Chancellor, party structure and organized interest groups. The book includes reference material from key documents, such as the German Constitution.Demonstrating how Germany went from political pariah to a model of modern liberal democracy, Glaessner offers a concise overview of the German political system in the post-war period.
 

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Contents

1 1949 and 1989 New Democratic Beginnings and Continuity
1
2 Constitutionalism and Constitutional Politics in Germany
11
3 The Constitution of the United Germany
29
Germany in Europe
43
5 The System of Government
65
6 Elections Coalitions and Coalition Governments
87
7 The German Party System
101
8 The Power Structure of the German Democratic Republic
123
9 The German Revolution of 1989 and German Unification
147
10 Political Culture United?
165
Appendices
181
Suggestions for Further Reading
221
Index
229
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Gert-Joachim Glaessner is Professor of German Politics at Humboldt University, Berlin.

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