Political Leadership under Conditions of Chancellor Democracy

DOI: 10.20542/0131-2227-2011-11-25-38

N. Pavlov, MGIMO University, 76, Prosp. Vernadskogo, Moscow, 119454, Russian Federation (kotjaico@mail.ru)

Abstract. In terms of Germany's foreign policy the concept of “chancellor democracy” begins to lose its validity. Nonetheless, the head of the government remains, as before, the leading political actor. In accordance with their own styles and characters each of the chancellors left their mark in the history of the Federal Republic of Germany. Many German political scientists and historians are right to understand the “chancellor democracy” as historical concentration of power in the Federal chancellery to the detriment of ministerial principle. Indeed, in all turning points of German history the most important decisions had been taken by the Federal chancellery and by the Chancellor alone. 

Keywords: Germany, political parties, parliamentary elections, chancellor, power, leader, politician, Bundestag, "chancellor democracy"

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For citation:
Pavlov N. Political Leadership under Conditions of Chancellor Democracy. World Eonomy and International Relations, 2011, no. 11, pp. 25-38. https://doi.org/10.20542/0131-2227-2011-11-25-38

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