Christian democratic workers and the forging of German democracy, 1920-1980

Why has democracy flourished in the Federal Republic of Germany despite that country's troubled past? Exhaustive research in German historical archives illuminates the pivotal role played by the veterans of the Christian trade unions of the Weimar Republic, the only group to participate in both...

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Main Author: Patch, William L. 1953-
Format: Electronic Book
Language:English
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Published: Cambridge Cambridge University Press March 2018
In:Year: 2018
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B Germany / Democracy / Worker / Christian trade union / History 1920-1980
Further subjects:B Christian democracy ; Germany (West) ; History ; 20th century
B Germany (West) ; Politics and government ; 1945-1990
B Labor unions Political activity (Germany (West)) History 20th century
B Christlich-Demokratische Union Deutschlands (Germany : West)
B Trade union
B Germany Politics and government 1918-1933
B Democracy (Germany) History 20th century
B Christlich-Demokratische Union Deutschlands
B Christian democracy ; Germany ; History ; 20th century
B Germany (West) Politics and government 1945-1990
B Politische Partei
B Democracy (Germany (West)) History 20th century
B Germany ; Politics and government ; 1918-1933
B Labor unions ; Political activity ; Germany ; History ; 20th century
B Labor unions Political activity (Germany) History 20th century
B Christian Democracy (Germany) History 20th century
B Democracy
B Labor unions ; Political activity ; Germany (West) ; History ; 20th century
B Christian Democracy (Germany (West)) History 20th century
B Democracy ; Germany (West) ; History ; 20th century
B Democracy ; Germany ; History ; 20th century
B Germany
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Summary:Why has democracy flourished in the Federal Republic of Germany despite that country's troubled past? Exhaustive research in German historical archives illuminates the pivotal role played by the veterans of the Christian trade unions of the Weimar Republic, the only group to participate in both of Germany's most successful political experiments after 1945, a 'Christian Democratic' party to unite Catholics and Protestants, and unified labor unions for workers of all political outlooks. They perceived that feuds between the religious confessions and competition among three rival labor federations had greatly facilitated Hitler's rise, and they resolved to bridge both chasms. Playing an influential role on the left wing of the CDU from the 1950s to the 1970s, Christian laborites alleviated class conflict through new welfare programs and laws to grant workers a powerful voice in management decisions. They took the lead in forging the distinctive 'German Model' for labor relations
Democratization and the "German model" for labor relations -- Christian trade unionists and the dissolution of the Weimar Republic -- Christian laborites and the founding of the Federal Fepublic -- The debate over co-determination (Mitbestimmung), 1949-1953 -- The influence of Christian democratic workers on welfare legislation, 1953-1957 -- Seeking a new path in the twilight of the Adenauer era -- The political success and organizational decline of Christian democratic workers, 1966-1980
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ISBN:1108539750
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1017/9781108539753