ERIC Number: ED168944
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Postwar Developments in German Political, Social and Security Policies.
Baker, Kendall L., Ed.
To understand developments in West Germany since World War II, one must consider numerous social, political, economic, military, and educational variables. Important among these are the decline in output orientation, increase in interpersonal political involvement, decline in value placed on politics, stress on democratic decision making, reduction of support for European political integration, and democratization of education. Characteristics of Germany's political structure include a political party system based on proportional representation, a constitution which combines central institutions with federalism, and a high aggregation of interest among leaders from government, banking, business, labor, and industry. In the arena of social policy, post World War II developments include increases in government supported pension plans, a national health system, and increases in numbers of students receiving higher education. United States/West German political relations since World War II have been based on mutual acceptance of the need for European security, in spite of differences over particular military and financial policies. Analysis of these factors indicates that West Germany is a stable nation whose governmental and constitutional structure provides ample opportunities for dealing with political issues. (DB)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Comparative Analysis, Cross Cultural Studies, Cultural Awareness, Decision Making, Educational Needs, Educational Practices, Elementary Secondary Education, European History, Foreign Countries, Futures (of Society), Higher Education, International Relations, Longitudinal Studies, Modern History, National Defense, Policy Formation, Political Influences, Social Change
Institute of German Studies, Indiana University, Ballantine Hall 665, Bloomington, Indiana 47405 ($2.00 plus $0.25 postage and handling)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Volkswagen Foundation, Hanover (West Germany).
Authoring Institution: Indiana Univ., Bloomington. Inst. of German Studies.
Identifiers: West Germany
Note: Papers presented at the Conference on "West Germany and the United States: A Systems Comparison Analysis" (Bloomington, Indiana, April 12-17, 1977)