Democracy in Western Germany

Democracy in Western Germany

Democracy in Western Germany

Democracy in Western Germany

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In this study I have confined myself to the political problem. The legal aspect has been dealt with scarcely at all, and the constitutional side only so far as is required for an understanding of political developments. Treatment of the provisional constitution is thus brief and selective; while in the field of local government, where democratic traditions are strong and varied, more detailed attention has, of necessity, been given to constitutional forms.

The main printed sources I have used are listed in the bibliography. I have been dependent also on a very large number of interviews and conversations, and on personal observation in the course of many visits to Germany, especially when I was living there from 1932 to 1935, in 1945, and in 1955-6. While making use of the information obtained in conversations, I have frequently felt it right to treat the actual source as confidential.

I am deeply grateful to the many Germans who have helped me in the preparation of this book. They include politicians, civil servants, journalists, industrialists, trade unionists, professors, students, and personal friends. Life in post-War Germany does not leave much time for leisure, and I greatly appreciate the ungrudging helpfulness of those who have given me their time and advice. In particular, I would like to express my special thanks to President Heuss, who was good enough to receive me, to members of the Federal and Land Cabinets, to the United States and Canadian Ambassadors in Bonn and their staffs, to members of the British Foreign Service throughout the Federal Republic, to my colleagues in the departments of political science at German universities, and to the Press and Information Offices of the Federal and Land Governments.

I am greatly indebted to the Directors of the Bundestag and the Bundesrat and their staffs for the special facilities they gave me for studying the German parliamentary system and to the librarians of the following institutions: the Bundestag and 'Internationes' in . . .

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