Politics and Government in Germany, 1944-1994: Basic Documents

Politics and Government in Germany, 1944-1994: Basic Documents

Politics and Government in Germany, 1944-1994: Basic Documents

Politics and Government in Germany, 1944-1994: Basic Documents

Synopsis

This revised and enlarged edition brings the successful original volume of 1984 right up to date, taking into account the most recent developments. Each section begins with an introduction that provides the context for the following documents. There is no comparable volume of its kind available in English, and most documents have not previously been translated.

Excerpt

I nterest in the Federal Republic has been growing throughout the Anglo-Saxon world, stimulated by the leading role that country is now playing in Western Europe, as well as by its undoubted political and economic achievements. There are many introductory accounts of the history and politics of the Federal Republic available, but the documentary basis needed to complement such explanatory books is lacking. We have tried to set out the documents in such a way that each section--be it on the Bundestag, the Federal Constitutional Court or the political parties, for example--can be read as a self-contained unit, with its own explanatory introduction and editorial comments; the book has been designed to serve both as a description of the Federal system and as a source book for students; inevitably this has meant selection, but no key point has been omitted. The editors of this volume have all had experience of teaching German politics in Anglo-Saxon universities and have themselves felt the need for a book of this kind. We hope that many teachers of political science, recent history, German studies and international relations will find it of substantial assistance in the preparation of courses and also of use as a means of stimulating interest in the subject among those students motivated to carry out further research.

The documents printed in this volume are taken from original German sources. Where a suitable English translation already existed, we have utilised and acknowledged this. These translations have not been amended, even in the few instances where this might have increased the clarity of the text or where the same German terminology has been translated by differing terms in separate instances. In the majority of cases, however, translations were commissioned by the editors. The source is normally given in German, unless translation of the title makes it more comprehensible for English-speaking readers. We ourselves have used the English translations of German . . .

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