Christian Democracy in Western Germany (RLE: German Politics): The CDU/CSU in Government and Opposition, 1945-1976, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Christian Democracy in Western Germany (RLE: German Politics)

The CDU/CSU in Government and Opposition, 1945-1976, 1st Edition

By Geoffrey Pridham


368 pages

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This important study analyses the developoment of the CDU/CSU as a political force in West Germany from the Second World War to the late 1970s, with special reference to its role both in Government (1949-69) and Opposition (1969-76) and considers how it was instrumental in the formulation of governmental policies. The first part of the book looks at the development of the CDU/CSU. The second part focuses on its composition and structure and considers such aspects as its organisation, membership, auxiliary organisations and electoral appeal and campaigns. A separate chapter deals with the CSU’s relationship with the CDU, its leadership and its organisation.


‘…should serve as the best informed overview of GDR affairs for some time to come’ Choice

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The CDU/CSU and the West German Party System Part 1: The Development of the CDU/CSU 1. The Occupation Period: The Formation of the CDU/CSU (1945-1949) 2. The Period of Adenauer’s Ascendancy: The Party in the Shadow of the Chancellor (1949 – 1959) 3. The Decline of Adenauer and the Question of Party Reform (1959-1963) 4. The Period of Transition: The Erhard and Grand Coalition Governments (1963-1969) 5. The CDU/CSU Out of Power: The Reluctant Opposition (1969-1972) 6. The CDU/CSU Adjusts Itself: The Renovated Opposition (1972-1976) Part Two: The Composition and Structure of the CDU/CSU 7. Party Organisation of the CDU 8. Party Membership of the CDU 9. Auxiliary Organisations of the CDU/CSU 10. The Christian Social Union (CSU) 11. Voter Appeal and Election Campaigns of the CDU/CSU. Conclusion: Government or Opposition – A Question of Existential Importance.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / Comparative
POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / International