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Role Perceptions, Party Cohesion and Political Attitudes of East and West German Parliamentarians. Findings from the Jena Parliamentary Survey (2003-4)

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Vogel, Lars; Edinger, Michael

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Abstract This article deals with similarities & differences in the orientations of East & West German MPs more than a decade after the unification of the country. Based on data from the Jena Parliamentary Survey, thus far the largest survey among German parliamentarians, carried out in 2003-4, the paper discusses three hypotheses. While differences between deputies from the East & the West are found to be significant for some dimensions, they are, in general, subordinate to if not derived from the inter-factional differences induced by party competition. In spite of this evident impact of partisanship, German parliamentary parties exhibit unexpectedly low levels of party discipline/party unity in their attitudes towards the party & policy preferences. This phenomenon is slightly more pronounced in East Germany than in the West. Viewed against the background of parties as monopolists in the recruitment process & the reward schemes for MPs, this represents the most surprising finding from the survey.
Classification Political System, Constitution, Government; Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture
Free Keywords Federal Republic of Germany; German Democratic Republic; Legislators; German Reunification; Political Attitudes; Political Parties
Document language English
Publication Year 2005
Page/Pages p. 375-399
Journal Sociologický časopis / Czech Sociological Review, 41 (2005) 3
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications