1 November 2021
We recommend participation in this course for students from outside Germany or with little previous knowledge of the German Federal system.
The course aims to offer insights into the basic features of the German political and administrative system. It provides an overview of how parliamentarism and federalism have shaped Germany’s politics. In particular, it highlights the role of the federal parliament (Bundestag and Bundesrat), the structure of the federal government as well as the basic characteristics of the German civil service. The overall aim is to inform students about the system’s major institutional foundations to better understand day-to-day policy-making processes in Germany. Participants will gain qualification to attend future Executive MPA classes, which require a deeper understanding of and knowledge about the basic features of the German political system.