Lecture 14 - Germany Politcal Systems and Institutions

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Unformatted text preview: Germany – Political System and Institutions- Constitution: The “Basic Law”- Federalism- Parliamentary Government o Bundestag o Bundesrat- Executive- Federal President- Judicial System- Separation and Dispersion of Power- Party System Repercussions of Reunification- November 9, 1989: Berlin Wall falls- Formal unification takes place shortly thereafter, on October 3, 1990- Costs of unification put strain of Germany’s budget and political institutions for years to come- Essentially: o East German economy collapsed after unification o Infrastructure outdated o High unemployment o Social divide between “Ossis” (easterners) and “Wessis” (westerners). o Widespread disillusionment and “n ost algia” (OST = east) o How to deal with past (e.g. Stasi files)- Economic, social, political implications still felt today Constitution: The “Basic Law”- Drafted 1949 and “temporary” constitution for West Germany- Conscious political engineering; goal: stable and effective democratic political...
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This note was uploaded on 04/05/2008 for the course POLI SCI 106 taught by Professor Hererra during the Fall '08 term at University of Wisconsin.

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