This text offers a concise and comprehensive overview of the Federal Republic of Germany post 1945. The chapters will enable students to understand how Germany's political institutions work, their strengths and weaknesses and the relationship between institutions and the political process.
Introduction ; 1. Against 'Leviathan' and 'Behemoth'Anti-Totalitarian Constitution of the Federal Republic of Germany ; 2. Governing a Semi-Sovereign State: Germany's Executive ; 3. From Negative Parliamentary Politics to Democratic Parliamentary Government ; 4. 'Governing with Judges': The Judiciary, the Court System and Judicial Review ; 5. Linking People and Political Institutions ; 6. Continuity and Discontinuity in the Federal Republic of Germany