Policy and Politics in West Germany: The Growth of a Semisoverign State

Policy and Politics in West Germany: The Growth of a Semisoverign State

By: Peter J. Katzenstein (author)Paperback

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How can we account for the lack of large-scale policy change in West Germany despite changes in the partisan make-up of the federal government? This formulation of "the German Question" differs from the one commonly posed by students of German politics, a version usually focused on Germany's tragic confrontation with modernity and a possible revival of militarism and authoritarianism. Katzenstein here uncovers the political structures that make incremental policy change such a plausible political check against the growing force of government. This book examines in detail how West German policy and politics interrelate in six problem areas: economic management, industrial relations, social welfare, migrant workers, administrative reform, and university reform. Throughout these six case studies, Katzenstein suggests that West Germany's semi-sovereign state provides the answer to the German Question as it precludes the possibility of central authority. Coalition governments, federalism, para-public institutions, and the state bureaucracy are the domestic forces that have tamed power in the Federal Republic. Author note: Peter J. Katzenstein is Professor of Government at Cornell University, as well as a former editor of International Organization.

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  • publication date: 01/05/1987
  • ISBN13: 9780877222644
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 464
  • ID: 9780877222644
  • weight: 531
  • ISBN10: 0877222649

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