A National Challenge at the Local Level: Citizens, Elites and Institutions in Reunified Germany

1st Edition

Thomas R. Cusack

Routledge
Published November 30, 2017
Reference - 264 Pages
ISBN 9781138712096 - CAT# Y324651
Series: Routledge Revivals

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Summary

This title was first published in 2003. This insightful book examines how the challenge of reunification has been met at the local level in Germany. In doing so, it clarifies a number of central issues about the governance process in modern democratic political systems under strain. A National Challenge at the Local Level first describes who governs and how they govern at the local level. It then reveals the principal underlying political values of both elites and citizens and describes the ways in which they differ. It provides a rational explanation for the differences in these political values, particularly between the two major regions of Germany. Finally, it reveals the basis for the differences in how well local governments perform.

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