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Critical CitizensGlobal Support for Democratic Government$
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Pippa Norris

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198295686

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198295685.001.0001

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The Democratic Culture of Unified Germany

The Democratic Culture of Unified Germany

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Critical Citizens

Dieter Fuchs (Contributor Webpage)

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Taking the example of unified Germany, this chapter examines how a democratic culture can develop among people who have lived for decades in an autocratic state. The first section outlines the theoretical framework, starting with the concept of political support, and going on to consider various normative models of democracy in order to understand what type of democracy people in West and East Germany ultimately prefer. Discusses the formation of democratic attitudes within state‐socialist systems, comparing demonstration and socialization hypotheses on the influence of the social structure on political attitudes. On this basis, expectations about attitudes towards democracy among the East German population are formulated. Develops the empirical analysis further by examining trends in democratic attitudes among West and East Germans—including the commitment to democratic values and principles, support for democratic institutions, and satisfaction with democratic performance. The conclusion summarizes the most important findings and considers their consequences for the prospects of democracy in a unified Germany.

Keywords:   democracy, democratic attitudes, democratic culture, democratic institutions, democratic performance, democratic values, demonstration hypothesis, East Germany, Germany, models of democracy, normative models of democracy, political attitudes, political trust, social structure, the theory of socialization, unified Germany, West Germany

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