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Transformation of the German Political Party System: Institutional Crisis or Democratic Renewal

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Transformation of the German Political Party System

Institutional Crisis or Democratic Renewal

Edited by Christopher S. Allen†

256 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-57181-127-1 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (October 1999)

ISBN  978-1-57181-286-5 $29.95/£23.95 Pb Published (April 2001)

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"... many of its contributions will likely stand the test of time, since they are bases on an analysis of long-standing processes rather than basic 'snapshots'."  · German Politics and Society

"This book could not be more timely ... A valuable study for all those interested in gaining a larger and more grounded view of German political parties and the party system."  · German Studies Review


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 was an Associate Professor at the University of Georgia where he taught courses in comparative politics and political economy.

Subject: Postwar History
Area: Germany



Chapter 1. Germany and the Comparable Political Party Experience Sclerotic or Dynamic Institutions?
C. S. Allen

Chapter 2. The German Party System, 1850-1996
H-G. Betz

Chapter 3. The German Party State: A Reassessment
M. W. Richter

Chapter 4. The Major Parties: Dealignment and Realignment in Post-Cold War Germany
H. Kreikenborm

Chapter 5. Agents of Democratization and Unification: Political Parties in the New German States
A. L. Phillips

Chapter 6. Institutional Elasticity in Changing Political Order: The East German Non-Profit Sector and its Contribution to Political Integration
W. Seibel

Chapter 7. Unification and the Changing Fortunes of Germany's Parties of the Far Right
J. Leslie

Chapter 8. Green Trumps Red: Political Identity and Left-wing Politics in the United Germany
A. S. Markovits and S. J. Silvia

Notes on Contributors

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