‘Made in Eastern Germany’: The PDS and the articulation of Eastern German interests

Hough, Daniel (2000) ‘Made in Eastern Germany’: The PDS and the articulation of Eastern German interests. German Politics, 9 (2). pp. 125-148. ISSN 0964-4008

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Abstract

The electoral success of the post-communist PDS has surprised politicians and academics alike. The PDS has been able to find a niche for itself within the German polity by articulating territorially salient political difference. The PDS has expanded its voter base beyond merely the politically disaffected and the former 'Dienstklasse' of the GDR, as it has developed into an effective articulator of eastern German interests. Western German parties have been unable to incorporate differences in eastern German attitudes and perceptions into their political platforms ¿ leaving space for a regionally concentrated political party (the PDS) to establish itself.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Politics
Depositing User: Daniel Hough
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 18:36
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2015 10:12
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/17334
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