Parties, Opposition and Society in West Germany (RLE: German Politics)

By Kolinsky & Eva
  • Routledge
  • 2018
  • 366
  • eng
  • 1
  • 9781317539902

In this volume, originally published in 1984, the author examines the social composition of the electorate, of membership and leadership of West German political parties, as well as their representation and finances. Kolinsky argues that while affiliation and electorates remained distinct, the social composition of party organisations became narrower and more uniform. The book examines how the parties became alienated from contemporary West German society and discusses the difficulties experienced by opposition parties in trying to develop alternative strategies, in particular those of the Green Party.