German Politics and Society

Editor: Jeffrey J. Anderson, Georgetown University

Subjects: German Studies, Politics, Sociology, History, Economics, Cultural Studies

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A joint publication of the BMW Center for German and European Studies (of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). These centers are represented by their directors on the journal's Editorial Committee.

German Politics and Society
30th Anniversary Special Issues

First Special Issue

Eric Langenbacher, Government, Georgetown University

Inner Unity and Regional Diversity in Unified Germany
Helga A. Welsh, Politics and International Affairs, Wake Forest University

Deutschland einig Vaterland? East-West cleavages in Germany Thirty Years After Reunification
Christian Schweiger, Political Science, Chemnitz University of Technology

Divided We Fall: An Analysis of the Enduring Political East-West Divide in Germany Thirty Years After the Wall’s Fall
Lars Rensmann, Centre for the Study of Democratic Cultures and Politics, University of Groningen

The Dialectical Identity of Eastern Germans
Joyce Marie Mushaben, University of Missouri St. Louis/Georgetown University

Protest Voting in Eastern Germany: Continuity and Change Across Three Decades
David F. Patton, Government and International Relations, Connecticut College

Pluralism, Governance, and the New Right in German Memory Politics
Jenny Wüstenberg, History, Languages, and Global Cultures, Nottingham Trent University

Monument(s) to Freedom and Unity: Berlin and Leipzig
Jon Berndt Olsen, History, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Volume 38 / 2020, 4 issues per volume (spring, summer, autumn, winter)

Aims & Scope

German Politics and Society is a joint publication of the BMW Center for German and European Studies (of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). These centers are represented by their directors on the journal's Editorial Committee.

German Politics and Society is a peer-reviewed journal published and distributed by Berghahn Journals. It is the only American publication that explores issues in modern Germany from the combined perspectives of the social sciences, history, and cultural studies.

The journal provides a forum for critical analysis and debate about politics, history, film, literature, visual arts, and popular culture in contemporary Germany. Every issue includes contributions by renowned scholars commenting on recent books about Germany.


German Politics and Society is indexed/abstracted in:

  • Bibliometric Research Indicator List (BFI) 
  • Biography Index (Ebsco)
  • British Humanities Index (Proquest)
  • Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO)
  • Emerging Sources Citation Index (Web of Science)
  • European Reference Index for the Humanities and the Social Sciences (ERIH PLUS)
  • Historical Abstracts (Ebsco)
  • International Political Science Abstracts
  • IBR – International Bibliography of Book Reviews of Scholarly Literature on the Humanities and Social Sciences (De Gruyter)
  • IBZ – International Bibliography of Periodical Literature in the Humanities and Social Sciences (De Gruyter)
  • MLA International Bibliography
  • Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals, Series and Publishers
  • PAIS International Public Affairs (Proquest)
  • Periodicals Index Online (PIO)— (Proquest)
  • Political Science Complete (Ebsco)
  • Proquest Research Library (Proquest)
  • Scopus (Elsevier)
  • Social Services Abstracts (Proquest)
  • Sociological Abstracts (Proquest)
  • Sociological Collection (Ebsco)
  • SocINDEX (Ebsco)
  • Social Sciences Abstracts (Ebsco)
  • Violence & Abuse Abstracts (Ebsco)
  • Worldwide Political Science Abstracts (Proquest)

Editor: Jeffrey J. Anderson, Georgetown University

Managing Editor/Book Review Editor: Eric Langenbacher, Georgetown University

Editorial Board:
Leslie Adelson, Cornell University
Jonathan Bach, The New School
Beverly Crawford, University of California, Berkeley
Russell J. Dalton, University of California, Irvine
Louise K. Davidson-Schmich, University of Miami
Richard Deeg, Temple University
Mary Fullbrook, University College London
Hope Harrison, George Washington University
Dagmar Herzog, The Graduate Center, CUNY
Wade Jacoby, Brigham Young University
Jeffrey Kopstein, University of Toronto
Charles Maier, Harvard University
Sabine von Mering, Brandeis University
Joyce M. Mushaben, University of Missouri, St. Louis
Todd Presner, University of California, Los Angeles
Susan Scarrow, University of Houston
Katrin Sieg, Georgetown University
Stephen Silvia, American University
Hilary Silver, Brown University
Helga Welsh, Wake Forest University
Sarah Wiliarty, Wesleyan University
Ruth Wittlinger, Durham University
Jennifer Yoder, Colby College
Daniel Ziblatt, Harvard University

German Politics and Society, published by Berghahn Books, is a joint publication of the BMW Center for German and European Studies of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), 871 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY.

The directors of the following North American programs and centers associated with the DAAD serve on the journal's Editorial Board as ex-officio members:

  • Canadian Centre for German and European Studies, University of Montreal and York University
  • Institute of European Studies, University of California, Berkeley
  • Center for German and European Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison and University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  • Joint Initiative in German and European Studies, University of Toronto
  • Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
  • Center for German and European Studies, Brandeis University


Manuscript Submission

Please review the submission and style guidelines carefully before submitting.

Manuscripts should be submitted electronically to:
Eric Langenbacher
Managing Editor, German Politics and Society

Articles and forum pieces usually run between 20 and 30 double-spaced pages (4,000 to 8,000 words, including notes and references); review articles between 8 and 10 pages (1,500 to 2,000 words); book reviews between 4 and 8 pages (750 to 1,500 words). All articles and forum pieces undergo a double-blind peer review process. We make every effort to inform authors of the referees' verdict within two months of submission.

We prefer articles to be submitted in English. On extremely rare occasions, we will consider translating German-language submissions.

Our notation format follows The Chicago Manual of Style.
Notes should be kept to a minimum.
We strongly discourage the use of internal notes accompanied by a list of sources.
We use endnotes rather than footnotes and prefer manuscripts to be submitted accordingly.

Have other questions? Please refer to the various Berghahn Info for Authors pages for general information and guidelines including topics such as article usage and permissions for Berghahn journal article authors.

Ethics Statement

Authors published in German Politics and Society (GPS) certify that their works are original and their own. The editors certify that all materials, with the possible exception of editorial introductions, book reviews, and some types of commentary, have been subjected to double-blind peer review by qualified scholars in the field. While the publishers and the editorial board make every to see that no inaccurate or misleading data, opinions, or statements appear in this journal, they wish to make clear that the data and opinions appearing in the articles herein are the sole responsibility of the contributor concerned. For a more detailed explanation concerning these qualifications and responsibilities, please see the complete GPS ethics statement.

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