Understanding the Transformation of Germany's CDU

Understanding the Transformation of Germany's CDU

by Simon Green
     
 

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This book analyses the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU), one of Europe’s most successful and influential political parties. The CDU might have been expected to struggle in the circumstances of a more diverse, secular reunified Germany, yet it has prospered to an extent almost unparalleled in western Europe. Chapters consider the CDU’s

Overview

This book analyses the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU), one of Europe’s most successful and influential political parties. The CDU might have been expected to struggle in the circumstances of a more diverse, secular reunified Germany, yet it has prospered to an extent almost unparalleled in western Europe. Chapters consider the CDU’s policies (the factors driving them, their variation across Germany, the relationship to women, and the welfare state), its organisational development and change, and its position within the party system. Contributors particularly emphasise the diversity of the CDU, and the way it varies across Germany’s regions. The CDU is compared to other Christian Democratic parties, and special consideration is given to the CDU’s Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU).

This book was published as a special issue of German Politics.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781138796874
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
10/20/2014
Pages:
236
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Simon Green is Professor of Politics at Aston University, where he also co-directs the Aston Centre for Europe. He has written widely on German politics and is the author (together with Dan Hough and Alister Miskimmon) of The Politics of the New Germany (Routledge, 2012, second edition).

Ed Turner is Lecturer in Politics at Aston University, with particular interests in federalism, political parties and German politics. He is the author of Political Parties and Public Policy in the German Länder: When Parties Matter (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011).

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