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Rethinking Germany and Europe
Democracy and Diplomacy in a Semi-Sovereign State
 
 
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09 Apr 2010
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Germany and Europe, the Federal Republic of Germany and the institutions of European integration, form a unique duality. They emerged in a state of co-dependence – with wide-ranging ramifications for the rest of Europe, both East and West – in the first decades after the Second World War. From the 1970s to the 1990s they had a symbiotic relationship, with Germany as a driving force in the key initiatives of European integration, and the EU adopting many of the institutional templates developed within Germany. More recently the closeness of the relationship has been strained as the geopolitical context has shifted and as Germany has faced a new set of resource constraints. These restrictions have challenged German democracy: the capacity of political parties to engage and mobilize citizens, the capacity of political institutions to tackle pressing policy problems. Those strains have been externalized in Germany's European diplomacy, producing a new assertiveness and a reduced commitment in pursuing European integration as an end in itself. This book is about the interface of German democracy with European diplomacy and maps out the shifting terrain in contemporary Europe.


Description

Germany and Europe, the Federal Republic of Germany and the institutions of European integration, form a unique duality. They emerged in a state of co-dependence – with wide-ranging ramifications for the rest of Europe, both East and West – in the first decades after the Second World War. From the 1970s to the 1990s they had a symbiotic relationship, with Germany as a driving force in the key initiatives of European integration, and the EU adopting many of the institutional templates developed within Germany. More recently the closeness of the relationship has been strained as the geopolitical context has shifted and as Germany has faced a new set of resource constraints. These restrictions have challenged German democracy: the capacity of political parties to engage and mobilize citizens, the capacity of political institutions to tackle pressing policy problems. Those strains have been externalized in Germany's European diplomacy, producing a new assertiveness and a reduced commitment in pursuing European integration as an end in itself. This book is about the interface of German democracy with European diplomacy and maps out the shifting terrain in contemporary Europe.


Contents

Democracy and Diplomacy, Germany and Europe; S. Bulmer, C. Jeffery and S. Padgett
DEMOCRACY AND GOVERNANCE IN GERMANY
The Chancellor and Her Party; Clay Clemens
Social Democratic Modernization; Germany and Spain Compared; S. Padgett and R. Gillespie
Landmark Elections in Germany; T. Poguntke and G. Smith
The Policy of the Middle Way: Germany since 1990; M. G. Schmidt
Between Semi-sovereignty and Post-modernism? Economic Governance in Germany; S. Green
Government and Industry Relations – W. Grant
EUROPEAN CONTEXTS
Does Congruence Matter? Germany and Britain in the European Union; S. Bulmer and C. Jeffery
Germany's Role in European and International Security: Aims versus Action; E. Kirchner
European Leadership in Transition: Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy; W. M. Chandler
Gulliver's Travail: Crafting a New Transatlantic Bargain; J. Sperling
The Stille Allianz Revisited; A. Miskimmon and J. Roper
Europe as a Global ´Civilian` Power?; H. Maull



Authors

SIMON BULMERis Professor in the Department of Politics at the University of Sheffield, UK.

CHARLIE JEFFERY is Professor of Politics in the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh, UK.

STEPHEN PADGETTis Professor in the Department of Government at the University of Strathclyde, UK.