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)
Germany after 1945 - Domestic and international situation - Towards the founding of the Federal Republic - The Parliamentary Council - The "Basic Law" and its main institutions.
"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.
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.
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.
The Social Market Economy
Changing assessments over time — Characteristics in brief — Historical experiences — The concept — The institutions — Economic performance.
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.