German politics today

Third edition

By Geoffrey Roberts

German politics today


  • Hardcover

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-9570-2
  • Pages: 288
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £18.99
  • Published Date: January 2016
  • BIC Category: Society & social sciences / Political science & theory, Politics, United States of America, USA, Politics & government, Political science & theory, Central / national / federal government, POLITICAL SCIENCE / American Government / National, POLITICAL SCIENCE / American Government / General, Germany, Society & social sciences / Central government
  • Series: Politics Today


This revised and updated third edition provides readers with a comprehensive description and analysis of the German political system, and of the political behaviour within the context of that system. It surveys the historical development of German politics, including the background, processes and political consequences of reunification, and recent changes to the electoral system, party system and recent Bundestag and Land elections.

This authoritative yet accessible textbook presents certain specialised topics, such as the career of Angela Merkel and the Eurozone crisis, in separate sections within the relevant chapters, and provides tables for key information including election results, the membership of trade unions and lists of presidents and chancellors. The appendices include a review of significant constitutional court cases, a survey of the more important political features of each of the sixteen Länder, and the Bundestag election campaigns since 1949. Each chapter also offers suggestions for further reading.

This new edition of German politics today offers a sound foundation for undergraduate courses focused on, or involving, study of the German political system.


1. The creation of present-day Germany
2. The context of politics in reunified Germany
3. The development of the political system of the Federal Republic
4. The electoral system and electoral politics
5. The party-state
6. The federal structure
7. Chancellor democracy
8. Parliamentary politics
9. Interest group politics
10. Germany and Europe
11. Germany: a 'normal' democracy?


Geoffrey K. Roberts is a former Reader in German Politics at the University of Manchester

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