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Transformation of the German Political Party System: Institutional Crisis or Democratic Renewal

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Transformation of the German Political Party System

Institutional Crisis or Democratic Renewal

Edited by Christopher S. Allen

256 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-57181-127-1 $135.00/£99.00 / Hb / Published (October 1999)

ISBN  978-1-57181-286-5 $34.95/£27.95 / Pb / Published (April 2001)

eISBN 978-1-78238-959-0 eBook

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“… many of its contributions will likely stand the test of time, since they are bases on an analysis of long-standing processes rather than basic 'snapshots'.” • German Politics and Society

“This book could not be more timely … A valuable study for all those interested in gaining a larger and more grounded view of German political parties and the party system.” • German Studies Review


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.

Christopher S. Allen (1947-2011) received his Ph.D in Politics from Brandeis University. He was an Associate Professor at the University of Georgia where he taught courses in comparative politics and political economy.

Subject: History: 20th Century to Present
Area: Germany


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