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GERMANY: A MIDDLE DEVELOPER WHY STUDY GERMANY: - exemplifies the tensions inherent in late development - enriches our understanding of contemporary democracy democratic breakdown (1933) democratic consolidation (post-WWII) GERMANY IN THE LONG 19 TH CENTURY “Catching up”: - the advantages of “backwardness” - the disadvantages of “backwardness” Otto von Bismarck and German model of political development: - Overcoming territorial fragmentation and the rise of the nation-state. - Militarism and nationalism - Socialism Development as a means to an end: the rational and the national
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Unformatted text preview: DEMOCRACY INSTITUTIONAL INNOVATIONS AFTER 1945:- New Constitution- a mixed electoral system- 5% threshold- “the constructive no-confidence vote” Germany’s “social market economy”- market elements- social(ist) elements German political institutions:- The Bundestag- The Bundesrat- The President- The Chancellor- The Lander- Main political parties: SPD, CDU, FDP, The Greens, The Left Political problems in contemporary Germany:- Unification: institutional, social and economic aspects- Germany: a multi-ethnic state?- Tension in the German economic model...
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