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

Election Outcomes and Voting Trends

Election Outcomes and Voting Trends

Election outcomes and voting trends

Four election eras characterize postwar German politics: (1) an initial period from 1949 until 1980 in which the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and the Christian Social Union (CSU), Social Democratic Party (SPD), and Free Democratic Party (FDP) established virtual electoral hegemony in the “old” Federal Republic; (2) the emergence of the Greens as a fourth national party between 1980 and 1990, which triggered the transformation of West Germany's “two and a half party” system into a more fluid multiparty system; (3) the long-term monopolization of power by the Socialist Unity Party (SED) in the former GDR, which abruptly ended with competitive elections in March 1990 that resulted in an electoral victory by anti-communist forces; and (4) ...

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