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The social bases of political cleavages in the Weimar Republic, 1919-1933 (1992)

Soziale Basis politischer Konfliktlinien in der Weimarer Republik, 1919-1933
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Falter, Jürgen W.

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Abstract This article focuses on the divided and scattered political affiliations in the Weimar Republic which helped to provide an environment that supported rapid political changes between 1919 and 1933. Using methodologies of historical electoral research, this article considers cleavages between party blocs on a federal level by analyzing the stability within and voter fluctuation between political parties. These voter fluctuations are also analyzed by considering the social background of the eligible voters, as well as by religious denomination. An ecological regression analysis and aggregate data analysis determine the stability of voter blocs and note a number of reasons why the NSDAP received such a large number of votes from a rather stable voting system in March of 1933.
Keywords Weimar Republic (Germany, 1918-33); political change; party system; voting behavior; voter; social background; National Socialist German Workers' Party; party politics; election result
Classification Social History, Historical Social Research; Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture
Document language English
Publication Year 2013
Page/Pages p. 194-216
Journal Historical Social Research, Supplement (2013) 25
Issue topic Zur Soziographie des Nationalsozialismus
ISSN 0172-6404
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works