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Cadrelites? Career continuity, discontinuity, or disruption of former socialist elites in the early 1990s : an event history analysis on the basis of statistically matched data

Von Kadern zur Elite? Kontinuität, Diskontinuität oder Unterbrechung der Karrieren ehemaliger sozialistischer Leiter in den frühen 1990er Jahren : eine Ereignisdatenanalyse auf der Grundlage Statistical Matchings
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Abstract "This contribution focuses on the career trajectories of the functional elites of the collapsed state socialist GDR after reunification. There is up to now no consensus, whether cadres of the middle and upper stratum of the service class could usually continue their careers after 1989/1990, or not. On the one hand, past research indicates career continuity. On the other hand, there is also evidence of a considerable extent of career interruptions or even disruptions in the early 1990s. In this respect, the contribution discusses the option of matching data from different sources by approaches of 'Statistical Matching' or 'Data Fusion' as has already been practiced by the author and his colleagues by fusing data of the Central Cadre Data Base with data of the German Socio-Economic Panel Study, a longitudinal sample, that has been introduced to the GDR already in 1990. Here an event history analysis, on the Basis of GSOEP-data, that qualify for the criteria of having a near-identical 'statistical twin', is applied." (author's abstract)
Keywords New Federal States; transformation; political elite; post-communist society; cadre; elite; historical development; mobility; Federal Republic of Germany; political change; Socialist Unity Party of Germany (GDR); regime; SOEP; membership; correlation; methodological research; social decline; textile industry; manager; economic elite
Classification Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture; Social History, Historical Social Research; Methods and Techniques of Data Collection and Data Analysis, Statistical Methods, Computer Methods
Method empirical; quantitative empirical; basic research; historical; development of methods
Document language English
Publication Year 2012
Page/Pages p. 139-152
Journal Historical Social Research, 37 (2012) 2
Issue topic Politische und funktionale Eliten in postsozialistischer Transformation: Mittel- und Osteuropa seit 1989/90 / Political and functional elites in Post-Socialist transformation: Central and East Europe since 1989/90
ISSN 0172-6404
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works