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Die Anhänger der "Linken": Rückhalt quer durch alle Einkommensschichten

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  • Martin Kroh
  • Thomas Siedler

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Die Partei Die Linke hat in einem Jahr geschafft, was ihre beiden Vorgängerparteien, WASG und PDS, vergeblich versucht haben: Eine in Ost- und Westdeutschland erfolgreiche Kraft politisch links neben der SPD zu etablieren. Auf der Basis der Daten des Sozio-oekonomischen Panels (SOEP) wird gezeigt, dass die Bedeutung der Anhänger der Linken seit 2005 stark zugenommen hat. Diese Entwicklung zeigt sich insbesondere in einem wachsenden Rückhalt in der Arbeiterschaft. Die Anhänger der Linken setzen sich - entgegen mancher Vermutung - nicht überdurchschnittlich aus Teilen der einkommensschwächeren oder von sozialem Abstieg betroffenen Bevölkerung zusammen. Vielmehr spielen zumindest in Westdeutschland Ängste vor dem eigenen wirtschaftlichen Abstieg neben der Betonung einer ideologisch linken Überzeugung eine wichtige Rolle. In Ostdeutschland kennzeichnet die Anhänger der Partei Die Linke eine überdurchschnittliche Bildung und ein hohes Maß an gesellschaftlicher Integration in Gewerkschaften und Kommunalpolitik.

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  • Martin Kroh & Thomas Siedler, 2008. "Die Anhänger der "Linken": Rückhalt quer durch alle Einkommensschichten," DIW Wochenbericht, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research, vol. 75(41), pages 628-634.
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    2. Baptiste Françon, 2013. "Who turned their back on the SPD? Electoral disaffection with the German Social Democratic Party and the Hartz reforms," Université Paris1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (Post-Print and Working Papers) halshs-00973879, HAL.
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    Party identification; Political economy; SOEP; Die Linke;

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    • Z13 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology; Language; Social and Economic Stratification
    • P16 - Economic Systems - - Capitalist Systems - - - Political Economy of Capitalism

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