Take a sneak peak inside! Click on the links below to preview the Introduction and Chapter 1. Order your exam copy today by clicking on the “Request an Exam Copy” link above. Introduction Chapter 1 Germans born in the second decade of the last century will have been a subject of no less than six political regimes, seven if they lived in the former German Democratic Republic. Today, Germany's democratic polity, pluralistic society, institutional structures, and market economy are growing increasingly strong. In clear and compelling prose, Hancock and Krisch argue that German politics today is the politics of a “normal” European democracy moving toward the EU. The authors discuss Germany's course of modernization, which involves rapid industrialization and social development following the nation's first unification in 1871 and its subsequent torturous course of political change embracing Imperial authoritarianism, the democratic experiment of the Weimar Republic, Nazi totalitarianism, and postwar variants of communism and Western-style democracy. Chapters detail the country's political history, as well as its culture, new constitutional debates, parties, and economic policy, and culminate in a look at Germany in global context. Adopt together with Politics in Britain and Politics in France and pass savings along to your students. For pricing and ordering information, please contact us at collegesales@cqpress.com

Constitutional Principles and Political Institutions

Constitutional principles and political institutions

Atradition of federalism and constructive responses to historical experiences shape Germany's formal institutional structures and decision-making procedures. The nation's first unification in 1871 yielded a federal system dominated by Prussia, the largest and most populous state in the empire and its aristocratic–upper bourgeois–military elite. Power was institutionalized under mixed democratic-traditional elites in a more centralized version of federalism established under the Weimar constitution in 1919. Hitler and the National Socialists abolished federalism after coming to power in 1933 in favor of a unitary system of government. This system was summarily dismantled by the four occupation powers in 1945, and one of the last consensual actions of the Allied Control Council was the dissolution of the state ...

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