This is 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. Subjects covered include: - German political history from 1945 to the present day - the effects of reunification - the structure and functions of key institutions - parties, elections and voting behaviour - identity and citizenship - economic, industrial and social policy - Germany's relations with the EU and the wider world This is the ideal book for students of German politics and language and European politics.
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. The Party System and Electoral Behaviour: The Path to Stable Instability? 6. Economic Management: The End of the German Model? 7. Citizenship and Demographics: A Country of Immigration? 8. The Reform of the Welfare State? 9. Germany and the European Union: A European Germany or a German Europe? 10. Foreign and Security Policy: A New Role for the Twenty-First Century? 11. Conclusion
Simon Green is Senior Lecturer in German and European Politics at the European Research Institute and Deputy Director of the Institute for German Studies, University of Birmingham. He has written widely on German politics and especially on immigration and citizenship policy in Germany. Dan Hough is Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Sussex. He has published widely on parties and party systems, devolution and constitutional change and German politics. He recently co-wrote (with Michael Koss and Jonathan Olsen) The Left Party in Contemporary German Politics (Palgrave, 2007). Alister Miskimmon is Lecturer in European Politics and International Relations and Director of European Studies at Royal Holloway, University of London. His research interests are in the field of German foreign policy, as well as wider European and global security issues. Graham Timmins is Professor of Politics at the University of Stirling. His research areas cover European integration and security and German Politics. Recent publications include Russia and Europe in the Twenty-First Century: An Uneasy Partnership, co-editor Jackie Gower (Anthem, 2007).