Cengage Learning, Jun 1, 2008 - 350 pages
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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The Historical Setting
Putting Germany Back Together Again Unification and Its Aftermath
The Social and Economic Setting
Political Culture Participation and Civil Liberties
The Party System and the Representation of Interests
Elections and Voting Behavior
Policymaking Institutions I Parliament and Executive
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