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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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Contents

The Historical Setting
1
Putting Germany Back Together Again Unification and Its Aftermath
17
The Social and Economic Setting
43
Political Culture Participation and Civil Liberties
75
The Party System and the Representation of Interests
113
Elections and Voting Behavior
153
Policymaking Institutions I Parliament and Executive
181
Policymaking Institutions II Administration Semipublic Institutions and Courts
221
Subnational Units Federalism and Local Government
253
Conclusion The Unified German Polity Faces the Future
279
The Basic Law of the Federal Republic
299
Bibliography
321
Index
343
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