Using German political parties as a prism with which to view institutional change, this collection transcends a single country focus and places the German experience in a comparative and historical framework. Evaluation the performance of the German parties and party system in dealing with problems of integration and legitimation common to all industrialized democracies, it presents a sharp analysis of the effects and incompleteness of German unification.
Chapter 1. Germany and the Comparable Political Party Experience Sclerotic or Dynamic Institutions?
C. S. Allen
Chapter 2. The German Party System, 1850-1996
Chapter 3. The German Party State: A Reassessment
M. W. Richter
Chapter 4. The Major Parties: Dealignment and Realignment in Post-Cold War Germany
Chapter 5. Agents of Democratization and Unification: Political Parties in the New German States
A. L. Phillips
Chapter 6. Institutional Elasticity in Changing Political Order: The East German Non-Profit Sector and its Contribution to Political Integration
Chapter 7. Unification and the Changing Fortunes of Germany's Parties of the Far Right
Chapter 8. Green Trumps Red: Political Identity and Left-wing Politics in the United Germany
A. S. Markovits and S. J. Silvia
Notes on Contributors