Provides students with a comprehensive and detailed introduction to the German political system. Written in an accessible, student-friendly style, this up-to-date textbook features: * an introduction to German political history from 1945 to the present day * key data on society, the economy and the welfare state * an explanation of the governmental system, the constitutional and legal framework, the executive and legislative system and federal politics, German political culture, political parties and elections and political participation * a discussion of important topical issues such as immigration and refugees, the environment and the threat posed by extreme right * an exploration of German foreign policy towards the EU, the US and the 'war on terrorism'. This textbook is the perfect introduction for students taking modules in German politics, and German and European Studies degrees.
1. Introduction: Approaches to the Study of German Government 2. German History and German Politics since 1945 3. The Social, Economic and Demographic Context 4. The Constitution, Legal Framework and Federal System 5. The Executive and Legislative System 6. The German Political Culture, Political Participation, Political Parties and Voting Behaviour 7. Policy-Making in Germany: An Introduction 8. Economic Policy 9. Germany and the European Union 10. Germany and the Wider World 11. Social Policy and the Welfare State 12. Future Challenges and Overall Conclusion