Socialist values and political participationin Germany: a barrier to 'inner unity'?

Ross Campbell

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One of the defining features of post-reunified East German political culture has been an enduring affinity for socialism. Although firmly opposed to the pre-1989 one-party state, a sizeable majority of East Germans nevertheless continue to value socialism. Whilst much scholarly research has investigated the strength and depth of socialist values, as well as their sources, comparatively little is known about their consequences, about if and how socialist values matter. This article seeks to redress this by examining linkages between socialist values and political participation, asking whether socialist values are merely passive, romanticised expressions, the effects of which are largely benign, or whether they have real-life behavioural consequences for democracy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)362-383
Number of pages22
JournalWest European Politics
Issue number2
Early online date10 Mar 2011
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • socialism
  • East Germany
  • democracy


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