This comprehensive text provides a detailed overview of the party system and politics of one of the most powerful states in the international arena. Noted scholar Gerard Braunthal surveys the parties in the Federal Republic of Germany and in the German Democratic Republic after World War II and in united Germany since 1990. By illustrating the cent
Table of Contents
Introduction -- An International and National Overview -- Political Parties: A Comparative Perspective -- German Parties: A Historical Perspective -- West German Parties Since World War II -- The Party State: Political Legitimacy -- The Christian Democrats: Right of Center -- The Social Democrats: Left of Center -- The Free Democrats: Keeping the Balance -- The Greens: Challenging the Establishment -- Left and Right Radical Parties: Protesting the System -- East German Parties Since World War II -- The Socialist Unity Party and the Bloc Parties -- The Turbulent Transition, 1989—1990 -- Parties in the Unified Germany -- The First Three Years -- "Super" Election Year 1994 -- Conclusion -- Self-Portraits of the Bundestag Parties, 1994
Gerard Braunthal is professor emeritus of political science at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.