Dimensions of German Unification: Economic, Social, and Legal Analyses

Dimensions of German Unification: Economic, Social, and Legal Analyses

Dimensions of German Unification: Economic, Social, and Legal Analyses

Dimensions of German Unification: Economic, Social, and Legal Analyses

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"Rather than a single political achievement fixed in time, German unification has proven to be a complex, multidimensional process. After four years, Germany continues to confront formidable economic, social, and cultural challenges resulting from the rushed marriage of disparate societies and political systems. This volume brings U. S. perspectives to bear on some of the economic, social, and legal aspects of unification in one of Europe's most closely watched democracies." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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For each of the past ten years, the Robert Bosch Foundation has invited fifteen highly qualified young Americans for a nine-month stay in Germany. the fellows have educational backgrounds and professional experience in law, business, public administration, and international relations. Their stay in Germany is not academic but, rather, allows them to acquire practical experience in the German federal and state government, business, and media.

Since 1989 the Robert Bosch Fellows have shown a special interest in the realities of life in unified Germany and have frequently selected internships in the new federal states. in the past, issues of security policy and the Atlantic Alliance occupied their interest. They have now become increasingly involved in issues of environment, immigration policy, education, health care policy, and intersocietal conflict -- areas that offer opportunities for fruitful interaction between the United States and Germany.

The 130 former fellows constitute a notable group, many pursuing successful careers not only in the United States but also in Germany and Europe. Many have remained personally and professionally involved with promoting and improving German-American relations.

Through the fellowship program, the Robert Bosch Foundation has demonstrated its thankfulness to the American people, who have magnanimously helped the Germans to overcome two dictatorships and to return to the community of free and democratic nations.

We thank the editors of this book, A. Bradley Shingleton, Marian J. Gibbon, and Kathryn S. Mack, for publishing the third volume of essays by Bosch Fellows on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the Bosch Fellowship Program. I would also like to thank Dr. Gale Mattox for her coeditorship of the first two volumes and A. Bradley Shingleton for his coeditorship of the second volume. On this anniversary of the Fellowship Program I also wish to thank the dedicated members of the Fellowship Selection Committee under the initial leadership of Martin Hillenbrand, former U.S. ambassador to Germany, under the subsequent leadership of John Rielly, president of the Chicago Council on For-

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