This revised and updated edition provides a comprehensive description and analysis of the institutions of the German political system. The historical development of German politics is surveyed, and special attention is given to the causes, course and consequences of German reunification. Detailed explanations of special topics such as surplus seats in the electoral system, or the political career of Chancellor Merkel, are also provided in boxes set within the relevant chapters.Some information is provided in tabular form, such as the list of federal chancellors and federal presidents, the membership of trade unions and election results. Appendices contain examples of important constitutional court cases, and a survey of the political features of the sixteen 'Lander' which make up the federal structure of the state. Accessibly written, with suggestions for further reading, this book offers a sound basis for all undergraduate courses focused on, or including, study of the German political system.
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PrefaceAbbreviationsGlossary1. The creation of present-day Germany2. The context of politics in reunified Germany3. The development of the political system of the Federal Republic4. The electoral system and electoral politics5. The party-state6. The federal structure7. Chancellor democracy8. Parliamentary politics9. Interest group politics10. Germany and Europe11. Germany: a 'normal' democracy?Index
Geoffrey Roberts is Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Government, University of Manchester