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Between Bonn and Berlin: German Politics Adrift? Mary N. Hampton

Between Bonn and Berlin: German Politics Adrift?

Mary N. Hampton

Published August 28th 1999
ISBN : 9780847690084
Hardcover
300 pages
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As Germany returns its national government from Bonn to Berlin, the countrys politics have become more uncertain than at any time since World War II. Since unification there has been an ongoing debate, both inside and outside Germany, concerning itsMoreAs Germany returns its national government from Bonn to Berlin, the countrys politics have become more uncertain than at any time since World War II. Since unification there has been an ongoing debate, both inside and outside Germany, concerning its power, intentions, identity, and domestic structure. Examining the countrys image of political drift, the authors focus on current debates regarding Germanys welfare state, European monetary policy, security policy, warnings about a supposed German hegemony in Europe, symbolic or geopolitical implications of the return to Berlin, and new complexities in party politics and public opinion. The authors also question recent analyses that suggest the direction of German politics is either one of overall continuity or fundamental transformation. Although there is far more similarity between the Berlin Republic and its West German predecessor than there ever could have been between Weimar and Bonn, the authors also show that united Germany is in many ways more than an enlarged version of its successful forerunner. Intended for both specialists and generalists, this timely volume will be especially valuable for students of comparative and international politics who wish to understand the new Germany in its European and international context.