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Podcast of lectures on "The Politics and Government of Germany" at the University of Oxford, held in Hilary Term 2007

German Politics: An Introduction Oxford University

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Podcast of lectures on "The Politics and Government of Germany" at the University of Oxford, held in Hilary Term 2007

    The Constitutional Founding of the Federal Republic (1945-1949)

    The Constitutional Founding of the Federal Republic (1945-1949)

    Germany after 1945 - Domestic and international situation - Towards the founding of the Federal Republic - The Parliamentary Council - The "Basic Law" and its main institutions.

    • 39 min
    Executive-Legislative Relations

    Executive-Legislative Relations

    "Chancellor Democracy" — The Powers and Constraints on a Chancellor — The Rise of the Bundestag — The Bundesrat and Regional Administration — The Federal Constitutional Court — Parapublic Institutions.

    • 46 min
    Federalism and Policy-Making

    Federalism and Policy-Making

    Federalism as a concept — Roots of German federalism — The Länder and their constitutional responsibilities — Developments of German federalism — The influence of European integration — The Bundesrat and policy-making.

    • 44 min
    Elections, Parties, and the Party System

    Elections, Parties, and the Party System

    Parties after 1945: continuities and change — Parties and the German State — The main parties: SPD — CDU — FDP — Greens — Party system and cleavage change — The 2005 Bundestag election.

    • 48 min
    The Social Market Economy

    The Social Market Economy

    Changing assessments over time — Characteristics in brief — Historical experiences — The concept — The institutions — Economic performance.

    • 45 min
    Process and Effects of Unification

    Process and Effects of Unification

    The history of the Wall — Developments up to 1989 — The international handling of German unification — The domestic politics of unification — Enduring divisions in Germany — Conclusion.

    • 46 min

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