Developments in German Politics 3 / Edition 1

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Overview


Once the miracle economy of the continent, Germany now staggers under the massive cost burden of unification while it struggles to come to terms with global economic change. Failure to confront the underlying economic weakness has discredited political institutions and patterns of political behavior that were once regarded as the ‘efficient secret’ of economic success. The country stands at the crossroads between economic reform and a spiral of economic decline with unpredictable fallout. Bringing together entirely new chapters by leading authorities in the field, Developments in German Politics 3 examines the unfolding crisis of German political economy; its repercussions for polity, politics, and policy; and the consequences for Germany’s role in Europe and the wider world. Like its predecessors, this book will be of interest to all concerned with European politics and will be necessary reading for students of German politics and society.

Contributors. David P. Conradt, Russell J. Dalton, Kenneth Dyson, Klaus H. Goetz, Simon Green, Adrian Hyde-Price, Charlie Jeffery, Stephen Padgett, William E. Paterson, Wolfgang Rüdig, Martin Seeleib-Kaiser, Gordon Smith, Roland Sturm

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822332664
  • Publisher: Duke University Press Books
  • Publication date: 11/15/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Padgett is Professor of Politics at the University of Strathclyde. Among his books are Organizing Democracy in Eastern Germany and Interest Groups in Post-Communist Society.

William E. Paterson is Professor of German Politics and Director of the Institute for German Studies at the University of Birmingham. He is coauthor of Germany’s European Diplomacy: Shaping the Regional Milieu and coeditor of The Future of the German Economy.

Gordon Smith is Emeritus Professor of Government at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is coeditor of the journal West European Politics.

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Table of Contents

List of Maps, Figures and Tables
Preface
Notes on the Contributors
List of Abbreviations
Glossary
Introduction 1
1 Government at the Centre 17
2 Federalism and Territorial Politics 38
3 Voter Choice and Electoral Politics 60
4 The 'New Model' Party System 82
5 Policy-Making in a New Political Landscape 101
6 Political Economy: The German Model under Stress 121
7 The Welfare State: Incremental Transformation 143
8 The Europeanization of German Governance 161
9 Foreign and Security Policy 184
10 Germany and Europe 206
11 Towards on Open Society? Citizenship and Immigration 227
12 The Environment and Nuclear Power 248
13 Political Culture and Identity: The Post-Unification Search for 'Inner Unity' 269
Guide to Further Reading 288
Bibliography 292
Index 315
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