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
Date of Defense 1988-02-24 Availability restricted AbstractWest 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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