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

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Preface to the Second Edition

T he success of the first edition, published in 1984, showed that there was a pressing need for a collection of basic documents in English dealing with the politics and government of the Federal Republic. The 1984 edition dealt exclusively with West Germany. As a result of the revolutionary developments beginning in 1989--the dissolution of the Warsaw Pact, the end of the Cold War, and the collapse of the Soviet Union--a new and enlarged Germany has again arrived on the international scene. Unification influenced legal, cultural, economic, and political aspects of German society, and at the same time the resurgence of ethnic and tribal conflict in the former communist states of Central and Eastern Europe played an important part in reshaping the newly united Germany's role in Europe and the world.

Largely as a result of these historic events which dated the original collection, and at the urging of colleagues and of our publisher, Dr Marion Berghahn of Berghahn Books, we have updated and reorganized the text. The second edition also includes two entirely new chapters dealing with the former German Democratic Republic and with the process of German unification.

We have also changed the sequence of chapters. The chapters on domestic policy and political institutions now follow those which deal with the origins of the Federal Republic and of the German Democratic Republic, foreign policy, Berlin, the two Germanies up to 1989 and German reunification. This new sequence reflects the fact that many aspects of domestic policy, constitutional change, and institutional reform were responses to the achievement of unification. In addition, the two chapters on federalism have been reduced to a single chapter.

Finally, the editor's wish to express their admiration and affection for R. Taylor Cole, a co-editor of the first edition. A Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Duke University, he was a former President

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Preface to the First Edition xv
  • Preface to the Second Edition xvii
  • Introduction xix
  • 1 - The Origins of The Federal Republic Of Germany, 1944-1949 1
  • 2 - Berlin 29
  • 3 - The Two Germanies 48
  • 4 - Germany Reunited 1989--Her First Successful Revolution, And a Peaceful One 76
  • 5 - Foreign Policy 108
  • 6 - Defence Policy and the Armed Forces 150
  • 7 - Parliamentary Democracy: The Bundestag 175
  • 8 - Political Parties 201
  • 9 - Chancellor, Cabinet, and President 239
  • 10 - The Judiciary 272
  • 11 - Basic Rights And Constitutional Review 297
  • 12 - Federalism: Bund and Länder 325
  • 13 - Public Opinion: Interest Groups and the Media 371
  • 14 - Economic and Social Policy 401
  • Statistical Tables 432
  • Glossary 446
  • Select Bibliography 449
  • Notes on the Editors 458
  • Index 460
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