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German Democracy : From Post-World War II - Gert-Joachim Glaessner

German Democracy

From Post-World War II

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Published: 1st October 2005
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When the former allies of World War II divided Germany into two provisional states, no one would have predicted that this would last for nearly half a century. Nor could anyone have predicted that sixty years later, Germany would have shaken off its Nazi past so thoroughly as to emerge as a key player in Western politics.Gert-Joachim Glaessner explains this historic transformation and provides an in-depth introduction to the German political system, its foundations and developments since 1949. Themes covered include the development of the FDR and GDR during the Cold War, the politics of Westernization, the controversies of West Germany's role in NATO and European integration. The author also examines parliamentary institutions, the role of the German Chancellor, party structure and organized interest groups. The book includes reference material from key documents, such as the German Constitution.Demonstrating how Germany went from political pariah to a model of modern liberal democracy, Glaessner offers a concise overview of the German political system in the post-war period.

"The particular strength of the book lies in its analysis of the constitutional structures and the absorption of German sovereignty into the European Union. But [the author] also considers the weight of the sweeping changes in German politics, society and, in particular, political culture. It is an authoritative account of how post-World War Two Germany developed into a stable constitutional democracy." --Peter H. Merkl, Professor Emeritus University of California, Santa Barbara

"Glaessner's authoritative study will be essential reading for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of how contemporary Germany, scarred by its Nazi past and the bitter divisions of the Cold War, succeeded in establishing a strong, widely admired democracy capable of coping with the multiple and often troubling challenges of unification." --Ian Wallace, Professor Emeritus of German, University of Bath

"Provides a keen, well written, and easily accessible introduction to the basic issues with which Germans have grappled in the six decades following the end of the Second World War: democracy, dictatorship, institution-building, and national identity." --A. James McAdams, University of Notre Dame

1949 and 1989 - New Democratic Beginnings and Continuity
Post-war Germany and the Foundation of two German States
The Federal Republic and the GDR as Political and Societal Antipodes
The Second Foundation of the Federal Republic
Constitutionalism and Constitutional Politics in Germany
The Basic Law of 1949Constitutional Basics of the Federal Republic's Political Order
Basic Rights and the System of Values (Werteordnung) of the Basic Law
The 'Free Democratic Basic Order'
Guiding Principles of the System of Government
Democracy and the Basic Law
The Constitution of the United Germany
The Quest for Reunification in the Basic Law
Constitutional Reform or Continuation of the Basic Law?
Constitutional Provisions of the Unification Treaty
Constitutional Amendments after Unification
West and East: Germany in Europe
The Question of Sovereignty
The Politics of Integration
Deutschlandpolitik and Ostpolitik
The Aims of Deutschlandpolitik
The Path to German Unity
The New Germany and the European Order
The System of Government
The Federal Structure
The Constitutional Bodies
The Central Role of Parliament
The Executive and Public Administration
The Constitutional and Political Role of the German Chancellor
Checks and Balances: The Federal Constitutional Court
External Actors: Organised Interest Groups
External Actors: The Media
Elections, Coalitions, and Coalition Governments
The Electoral System
Federal Elections 1949 รป 2002
Coalitions and Coalition Governments
Chancellor Democracy and Party Government - from Adenauer to Schrder
The German Party System
The Constitutional Role of Parties in the Basic Law
The Party System of the 'Old' Federal Republic
A Brief Portrait of the Major German Parties The Christian Democrats
The Social Democrats
The Liberals
The Greens
The Establishment of a New Democratic Party System in East Germany (1989-1990)
The German Party System After Unification
The Power Structure of the GDR
Dictatorship of the Proletariat or Socialist Democracy?
The Creation of a Socialist System in East Germany
Overcoming Stalinism
Technocratic Reforms in the 1960s
The Honecker Era
The Collapse of the Old Regime
The End of the State Party SED
Structural Defects of the Communist System
The German Revolution of 1989 and German Unification
Have the Events of 1989 been a Revolution?
Collapse and a New Beginning - the Citizens' Movements and Democratic Transition
Dual Rule: The Old Regime and the New Political Forces
The First Democratic Elections in East Germany
The Controversy About a New Constitution for the GDR
The Treaties of German Unification
How to Unite Two Different Social and Political Systems?
Political Culture United?
Political Culture in West-Germany
The Socialist Political Culture of the GDR
The Political Culture of Revolt
Political Culture in United Germany
Documents
The Basic Law of the Federal Republic (Excerpts)
Treaty of 31 August 1990 between the Federal Republic of Germany and the German Democratic Republic on the Establishment of German Unity - Unification Treaty (Excerpts)
Treaty of 12 September 1990 on the Final Settlement with Respect to Germany (2 plus 4 Treaty)
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ISBN: 9781859738764
ISBN-10: 1859738761
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 1st October 2005
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Number: 1