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Title:
West Germany : the politics of democratic corporatism
Author:
Hancock, M. Donald.
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Publication Information:
Chatham, N.J. : Chatham House Publishers, [1989]

©1989
Physical Description:
v, 186 pages ; 23 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780934540308
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Book

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There is no shortage of texts on the German Federal Republic, yet this little paperback of well under 200 pages has several advantages: it covers the major points; it is quite well written; and it is fairly up to date. The author attempts to prove that "Bonn is not Weimar," and "that the Bonn regime constitutes both continuity and a discernible break with historical political tendencies." He briefly leads the reader across the centuries to the Empire, Weimar, Hitler, and the beginning of the present republic. He also discusses in greater detail the governmental setup, the forces shaping it, and being shaped by it. The various elections and the resulting chancellors and their cabinets as well as the specific political and economic problems facing them are scrutinized. The book ends on a note of uncertain disquiet about future prospect, a sentiment even more justified by the unforeseen recent right-wing upsurge. For general readers and undergraduate students. -W. S. G. Kohn, Illinois State University