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Transformation of the German political party system : institutional crisis or democratic renewal? /
edited by Christopher S. Allen.
imprint
New York : Berghahn Books, 1999.
description
xviii, 265 p.
ISBN
1571811273 (alk. paper)
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New York : Berghahn Books, 1999.
isbn
1571811273 (alk. paper)
general note
Papers of two workshops held at University of California, Berkeley and at the American Institute of Contemporary German Studies, Washington, DC.
catalogue key
3265239
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Christopher S. Allen received his Ph.D. in Politics from Brandeis University. He is an Associate Professor at the University of Georgia where he teaches courses in comparative politics and political economy.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2000-10-01:
This excellent anthology asks whether recent changes in the German political party system--including popular disaffection with major parties, the rise of new parties, and the persistence of differences between party politics in eastern and western Germany--signal institutional crisis or democratic renewal. The authors take the latter position with some caveats. This volume is thus a refreshing antidote to those that tend to treat every challenge to the status quo in Germany as a sign of a faltering commitment to democracy. As Christopher Allen writes in the introduction, the authors broaden the analysis of political parties to examine underlying patterns of continuity and change. Some chapters place the German case in comparative and historical perspective. Others focus on the complications introduced by the unification process. Together, they show that the challenges facing the German party system are unique in some ways but yet are similar to those faced by other polities or in other times. They also demonstrate the "dynamic stability" of the German political parties as they adjust to changing conditions. Although the first chapter argues for a "new institutionalism" that is not supported consistently in the chapters that follow, theoretical coherence is not necessary. Recommended for undergraduate students and scholars specializing in German or comparative politics. ; Bryn Mawr College
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Long Description
Using German political parties as a prism with which to view institutional change, this collection transcends a single country focus and places the German experience in a comparative and historical framework. Evaluation the performance of the German parties and party system in dealing with problems of integration and legitimation common to all industrialized democracies, it presents a sharp analysis of the effects and incompleteness of German unification.
Main Description
Using German political parties as a prism with which to view institutional change, this collection transcends a single country focus and places the German experience in a comparative and historical framework. Evaluating the performance of the German parties and party system in dealing with problems of integration and legitimation common to all industrialized democracies, it presents a sharp analysis of the effects and incompleteness of German unification.
Main Description
Using German political parties as a prism with which to view institutional change, this collection transcends a single country focus and places the German experience in a comparative and historical framework. Evaluation the performance of the German parties and party system in dealing with problems of integration and legitimation common to all industrialized democracies, it presents a sharp analysis of the effects and incompleteness of German unification. Christopher S. Allen received his Ph.D in Politics from Brandeis University. He is an Associate Professor at the University of Georgia where he teaches courses in comparative politics and political economy.
Table of Contents
List of Tablesp. ix
Contributorsp. x
Introductionp. xi
Germany and the Comparative Political Party Experience: Sclerotic or Dynamic Institutions?p. 1
The Evolution and Transformation of the German Party Systemp. 30
The German Party State: A Reassessmentp. 62
Unification and the Changing Fortunes of Germany's Parties of the Far Rightp. 99
Green Trumps Red? Political Identity and Left-wing Politics in United Germanyp. 133
The Major Parties: Dealignment and Realignment in Post-Cold War Germanyp. 160
Agents of Democratization and Unification: Political Parties in the New German Statesp. 179
Institutional Elasticity in a Changing Political Order: The Eastern German Nonprofit Sector and Its Contribution to Political Integrationp. 207
Bibliographyp. 234
Indexp. 262
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