This volume offers a detailed account of German political institutions as they have developed over the last decades. Each of the individual chapters, written by leading German specialists, provides a balanced assessment of the institution under consideration as well as the more recent political research in the given field. The extended introductory chapter by the editor gives an overview of how the institutional system of the Federal Republic has combined the conflicting tasks of political stability and adaptation.
'This study assembles some of the leading figures in German political science, who provide a state-of-the-art review of German political institutions and their response to unification. It should be a valuable resource for those studying German politics and the broader theme of the role of institutions in shaping the democratic process.' - Russell J. Dalton, Professor, Department of Political Science, University of California, Irvine