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The Social Logic of Bounded Partisanship in Germany: A Comparison of Veteran Citizens (West Germans), New Citizens (East Germans) and Immigrants


  • Alan S. Zuckerman
  • Martin Kroh


That partisanship is bounded. Almost every West German, East German and immigrant never supports one or both of the major parties and most people vary support for their party by claiming no partisan preference. Hardly anyone ever selects each of the parties at different points in time. Immediate social networks join with social class and religious factors to structure partisanship. The same social logic underpins partisan choice among West Germans, East Germans, and immigrants, though factors unique to each population are also present.

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  • Alan S. Zuckerman & Martin Kroh, 2004. "The Social Logic of Bounded Partisanship in Germany: A Comparison of Veteran Citizens (West Germans), New Citizens (East Germans) and Immigrants," Discussion Papers of DIW Berlin 450, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research.
  • Handle: RePEc:diw:diwwpp:dp450

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    1. Ingrid Tucci, 2005. "Explaining Attitudes towards Immigration: New Pieces to the Puzzle," Discussion Papers of DIW Berlin 484, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research.

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    Partisanship; Germany; Social contexts; Partisanship in households; West Germans; East Germans; Immigrants; Probit Heckman selection model;

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    • C34 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Truncated and Censored Models; Switching Regression Models
    • D72 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Political Processes: Rent-seeking, Lobbying, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior
    • R29 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Household Analysis - - - Other

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