Social And Political Structures In West Germany: From Authoritarianism To Postindustrial Democracy, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Social And Political Structures In West Germany

From Authoritarianism To Postindustrial Democracy, 1st Edition

By Ursula Hoffmann-lange, Peter Jelavich, Robert Rickards, Lewis J Edinger


252 pages

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This book offers a view of West German social structure and political culture from a multidisciplinary perspective. Focusing on the remarkable changes that have taken place in West Germany since World War II, it provides a basis for judging what direction a united Germany is likely to take.

Table of Contents

Preface -- Introduction: West German Politics—Setting, Actors, Performances -- West Germany's Social and Economic Structure -- Continuity and Change in German Social Structure: Why Bonn Is Not Weimar -- West German Economic Policy and Performance: Patterns, Problematics, and Prospects -- Voters and Elites -- Changes in the West German Electorate: Old and New Politics -- West German Elites: Cartel of Anxiety, Power Elite, or Responsive Representatives? -- German Socialism and Democracy, 1890–1933 -- Political Culture -- From Output Orientation to Regime Support: Changing German Political Culture -- Youth Culture, Socialization, and Social Structure: How German Youth Has Changed Since the Adenauer Era -- On the Margins of Cultural Discourse: Intellectuals in Germany -- The Limits of Political Satire: Cabaret in the Weimar Republic and the Federal Republic -- Policies in West Germany -- Two Germanys or One? The Return of the "German Question" -- Germany and Foreign Workers: Testing Dahrendorfian Conceptions of Liberal Democracy in Germany -- Guidelines for Cutting Budget Pies in West Germany: Incrementalist Rules-of-Thumb Versus Politically Determined Policy Priorities -- Acid Rain Policy

About the Authors

Ursula Hoffmann-Lange Senior Researcher in Youth and Politics, Deutsches Jugendinstitiut, Munich, Germany.

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