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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Walz, Norbert
URN etd-06102012-040349
Title Political subcultures in Germany
Degree Master of Arts
Department Political Science
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Shingles, Richard D. Committee Chair
Keating, Michael J. Committee Member
Rich, Richard C. Committee Member
Keywords
  • Germany
Date of Defense 1988-02-24
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Abstract
West Germany's political culture has been intensively studied

during the existence of the Federal Republic of Germany.

However, most studies explore The West German Political Culture

as a whole. They do not take into account that Germany

is a country which consists of different regions with their

own history and tradition. This paper is essentially an effort

to rectify this situation by attempting to determine if

there are any distinguishable political subcultures in Germany.

The assumption is, that historical, phenomena are important

in explaining the present political culture of West Germany.

In order to determine whether the historical development of

West German political culture led to different present political

subcultures two approaches were used. First, a qualitative

approach; that is a socio-historical library-based

analysis, was used. From this analysis propositions for the

present West German political subcultures were derived. They were tested with an empirical analysis of survey data from a

1975 sample of West Germans. Suggestions based on the

socio-historical analysis accounting for differences in contemporary

political culture only partly hold true in the empirical

analysis. This paper is a preliminary examination

of West German political subcultures offering suggestions and

direction for future research.

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