The Politics of the New Germany / Edition 2

The Politics of the New Germany / Edition 2

by Simon Green, Dan Hough, Alister Miskimmon
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415604389

ISBN-13: 9780415604383

Pub. Date: 12/05/2011

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

The Politics of the New Germany continues to provide the most comprehensive, authoritative and up-to-date textbook on contemporary German Politics. It covers the entire postwar era but has a particular focus on the post-reunification era. The text takes a new approach to understanding politics in the post-unification Federal Republic. Assuming only elementary

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The Politics of the New Germany continues to provide the most comprehensive, authoritative and up-to-date textbook on contemporary German Politics. It covers the entire postwar era but has a particular focus on the post-reunification era. The text takes a new approach to understanding politics in the post-unification Federal Republic. Assuming only elementary knowledge, it focuses on debates and issues in order to help students understand both the workings of Germany's key institutions and some of the key policy challenges facing German politicians. Written in a straightforward style by three experts, each of the chapters draws on a rich variety of real-world examples. In doing so, it highlights both the challenges and opportunities facing policy-makers in such areas as foreign affairs, economic policy, immigration, identity politics and institutional reforms. The book also takes a bird's-eye view of the big debates that have defined German politics over time, regardless of which party happened to be in power. It pinpoints three key themes that have characterised German politics over the last sixty years; reconciliation, consensus and transformation. This 2nd edition has been revised and updated throughout and features new material on:
• Grand Coalition
• Lisbon treaty
• Constitutional Court
• Financial crisis and credit crunch
• Reform of social policy
• Afghanistan

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415604383
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/05/2011
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
0.67(w) x 0.97(h) x 2.10(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Germany and the Burden of History 2. Germany’s Post-War Development, 1945-1989 3. Towards German Unity? 4. A Blockaded System of Government? 5. Parties and Voters: The Path to Fluid Party Politics 6. Citizenship and Demographics: (Still) A Country of Immigration? 7. Economic Management: The End of the German Model? 8. Welfare Policy in Germany: Beyond Sustainability? 9. Germany and the European Union: From a Musterknabe to a Frustrated Lehrmeister? 10. Germany and the Wider World: Finding A New Role for the Twenty-First Century? 11. Conclusion: Three Themes Reassessed

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