The German Polity

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9781442216440: The German Polity

This thoroughly revised and updated edition of The German Polity provides a comprehensive introduction to contemporary German politics, focusing especially on the recovery of the economy and Germany’s growing power in Europe and beyond. Looking back, David P. Conradt and Eric Langenbacher trace the country’s transformation since the seminal turning points of 1945 after World War II and 1990 after reunification. Looking to the present, the authors explain and assess its major institutions, actors, and issues. Looking forward, they explore the looming economic, security, and demographic challenges the political system must address in the years to come.

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David P. Conradt is professor of political science at East Carolina University. Eric Langenbacher is a faculty member in the Department of Government and director of the Government Honors Program at Georgetown University.


Simply the best. The German Polity continues to set the standard for individual country texts. The combination of clear prose and helpful graphics makes it ideal for teaching purposes. The authors excel at presenting complex issues in an accessible manner, and the depth of research and the quality of thinking that underpin the analysis lifts their work beyond the conventional text level. Over the book's ten editions the issues have changed as the Federal Republic has met the challenge of German unification and erased doubts about the quality of its democratic life and its stability. Its continuing economic success has made it Europe's preeminent state and 'reluctant hegemon' in salvaging the Eurozone. In the realm of security, where Germany has historically aroused such anxieties, it has been understandably reluctant to play the role its size and resources suggest. How the country will exercise its undisputed power excites enormous interest within and beyond Germany. All those wishing to understand these critical issues should read this definitive volume. (William E. Paterson OBE, University of Aston, UK)

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