Politics in Germany: The Online Edition

Russell J. Dalton, UC Irvine

Politics in Germany, 2nd ed. was published by Scott-Foresman/Harper Collins, and then went out of print after the publisher was gobbled up by a larger publisher. But periodically I updated chapters as part of my course on German Politics at UC Irvine. This webpage shares the online edition with students and faculty who might look for additional educational materials on Germany. This online edition is available for free use for educational purposes; other users cannot charge for use of this material, except for nominal (and legitimate) copying costs if distributed to a course. In short, this is a free online textbook on German politics--start reading for free!

This manuscript has several advantages over other available texts:

  • More comprehensive than the most popular text on German politics
  • Extensive reading list, key terms, and other chapter enhancements
  • Hyperlinks to a glossary and external sources on German politics and society
  • The online chapters are searchable for keywords and terms
  • More recent information on German politics; you don't wait four years for information on the last election. 2009 election results were online the day after the election.
  • Embedded Links to YouTube videos on Germany
  • Its free!

    But there are limitations. The manuscript reflects the same quality of scholarship as the first two editions of the text (probably better). However, this manuscript has not been through the normal copyediting and formatting process of a professional press. Instructors might find it frustrating to see typos in their textbooks; students might find it refreshing to see how often a professor misspells words without a copyeditor to proof the work. And the html files were produced from basic website software, not a book typesetter with fancy formatting.

    At the same time, the advantage of an online book is that it can be constantly updated. A chapter can be revised after a politician leaves office, or some event changes politics in a significant way--without having to reprint the entire book. Thus, you will note that each chapter is dated, and this is your guide on whether there is a more recent edition since you last downloaded a copy.

    Consider this free copy a thank you to all the German scholars who have helped me write on German politics over the years, students who have taken my course and given me the motivation to update this material, and the future students who will learn the lessons of German politics from these pages. Vielen Dank!

    Table of Contents

    Detailed Table of Contents


    (June 26, 2014)

    1. The Legacy of History
    (January 28, 2013)

    2. The Institutions of Governance
    (January 18, 2012)

    3. The Social and Economic Context
    (January 4, 2010)

    4. Changing Political Cultures
    (January 25, 2012)

    5. Political Learning and Political Communication
    (July 3, 2014)

    6. Participation in Politics
    (July 1, 2014)

    7. Political Interests
    (August 16, 2007)

    8. The Party System and Electoral Politics
    (February 11, 2014)
    9. The Policy Process
    (January 9, 2012)
    10. Policy Outcomes
    (October 16, 2014)
    Additional Readings
    Glossary of Terms
    List of Weblinks from the Book
    Additional Weblinks on German Politics
    About the Author

    A folder with PDF chapters to print

    For comments on this manuscript please contact Russell Dalton at UC Irvine.

    copyright 2014
    Russell J. Dalton
    University of California, Irvine

    Revised October 16, 2014