Popular support for democracy in unified Germany : critical democrats


Popular support for democracy in unified Germany : critical democrats

Ross Campbell

(New perspectives in German political studies)

Palgrave Macmillan, c2019

  • : hardback

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 233-248) and index



This book examines attitudes towards democracy in the Federal Republic of Germany. By drawing on extensive survey evidence, it charts Germans' changing views of the political system prior to and following unification. The study examines four aspects of the political system: how it functions overall, attitudes towards the Basic Law, trust in representative institutions, and views of the European Union. Rather than accepting or rejecting democracy, the research shows how Germans merge shades of criticism and support. In addition, it pinpoints the factors that condition support, showing how it is influenced by durable and changeable stimuli. Overall, the findings challenge suggestions of a crisis of democracy but they also demonstrate that support is particularly low towards aspects of the European Union. This book appeals to readers interested in public opinion and democracy in Germany, along with those interested in the changing relationship between citizens and the state.


  • Chapter One: IntroductionChapter Two: Theories of Popular Support for DemocracyChapter Three: Designing the Research: From Concept to Measures and MethodsChapter Four: Mapping Popular Support for Democracy in GermanyChapter Five: Evaluative Support and the Functioning of Democracy in GermanyChapter Six: Affective Support and Constitutional PatriotismChapter Seven: Trust in Democratic Institutions: Evidence and Explanations Beyond UnificationChapter Eight: Trust in the EU and Governing without ConsensusChapter Nine: Popular Support and German Democracy
  • Resilience and Restoration

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