ISBN-10:
080131917X
ISBN-13:
9780801319174
Pub. Date:
05/09/2000
Publisher:
Pearson
The German Polity / Edition 7

The German Polity / Edition 7

by David P. Conradt

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ISBN-13: 9780801319174
Publisher: Pearson
Publication date: 05/09/2000
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.97(w) x 8.92(h) x 0.66(d)

About the Author

David P. Conradt is professor of political science at East Carolina University. Eric Langenbacher is a faculty member in the Department of Government and director of the Government Honors Program at Georgetown University.

Table of Contents

Tables and Figures vii

Preface ix

Introduction xi

Chapter 1 The Historical Setting 1

The First Reich 1

The Rise of Prussia 2

The Empire (1871-1918) 3

World War I and the Collapse of the Second Reich 4

The Weimar Republic (1919-1933) 5

The Nazi Third Reich and World War II 8

Foreign Occupation and National Division 12

The Formation of the Federal Republic 13

Chapter 2 Putting Germany Back Together Again: Unification and Its Aftermath 17

Building Socialism: 1949-1961 18

After the Wall-Stability and Consolidation: 1961-1970 20

The Honecker Era: 1971-1985 21

Perestroika and the Crisis of the Regime: 1985-1989 22

The "Great Escape" and the Collapse of Communism 23

The Unification Process 25

The Aftermath of Unification 30

Chapter 3 The Social and Economic Setting 43

Area and Population 43

Urbanization and Industrialization 44

The Rural Sector 46

Regionalism 46

Occupational and Class Structure 47

The Economy 48

Religious Composition 56

Age and Family Structure 58

The Educational System 62

Mass Media 65

Summary and Conclusion 69

Chapter 4 Political Culture, Participation, And Civil Liberties 75

Political Values 76

Democratic Support in East Germany 83

Political Interest and Involvement 87

Civil Liberties and Human Rights 90

The Status and Role of Key Social Groups 96

Summary and Conclusion 108

Chapter 5 The Party System and The Representation of Interests 113

The Party State 113

The Party System 116

The Christian Democrats 116

The Social Democrats 123

The Free Democrats 130

The Greens 133

The Left Party 136

The Representation of Interests 137

Extent of Interest Groups 137

MajorInterest Alignments 139

The Churches 146

Summary and Conclusion 149

Chapter 6 Elections and Voting Behavior 153

Electoral Mechanics 154

The Electoral System 155

Nomination and Candidate Selection 158

Electoral Politics and Campaign Styles 160

Campaign and Party Finance 161

The Pattern of Federal Elections, 1949-2005 162

Basic Orientations of the Electorate 168

Determinants of Voting Behavior 169

Voter Dynamics 371

Summary and Conclusion 178

Chapter 7 Policymaking Institutions I: Parliament and Executive 181

Legislative Institutions 182

The Bundestag: The Main Political Battleground 182

The Bundesrat: The "Quiet" Second Chamber 190

Executive Institutions: Chancellor and Cabinet 195

Chancellor Democracy 195

Gerhard Schröder (1998-2005): The Reluctant Reformer 209

Angela Merkel (2005-): The Accidental Chancellor 211

The Federal President 212

Summary of the Formal Lawmaking Process 215

Preparliamentary Stage 215

Parliamentary Stage 217

Chapter 8 Policymaking Institutions II: Administration, Semipublic Institutions, and Courts 221

Development of the German Administrative and Judicial System 222

State Administration 223

Semipublic Institutions 230

Pension Reform 232

The Judiciary and the Court System 239

Summary and Conclusion 248

Chapter 9 Subnational Units: Federalism and Local Government 253

The Development of German Federalism 253

State-Level Politics 255

The Constitutional Structure of the States 261

The Future of Federalism 268

Local Government 270

The Urban Crisis, German-Style 273

Summary and Conclusion 276

Chapter 10 Conclusion: The Unified German Polity Faces the Future 279

The Stalemate Republic? 280

Policy Issues and Processes 281

Germany's New International Role 286

The German Experience and Political Development 295

Appendix: The Basic Law of the Federal Republic 299

Bibliography 321

Index 343

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