The Rise and Demise of German Statism: Loyalty and Political Membership

The Rise and Demise of German Statism: Loyalty and Political Membership

The Rise and Demise of German Statism: Loyalty and Political Membership

The Rise and Demise of German Statism: Loyalty and Political Membership

Synopsis

German statism as a political ideology has been the subject of many historical studies. Whereas most of these focus on theoretical texts, cultural works, and vague "traditions", this study understands German statism as a functioning logic of political membership, a logic that has helped to determine who is "in" and who is "out" with regard to the German political community.

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I would like to thank the following organizations and institutions for their generous support for various parts of this project: the Fulbright Commission; the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies and the Social Science Research Council; the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), and the Office of Internationalization at the University of Denver.

In the process of completing this project, I have incurred intellectual debts from a number of scholars and friends--none of which, of course, translates into responsibility for the lender: Hanna Pitkin, Paul Thomas, Martin Jay, Reinhard Bendix, Peter Katzenstein, Gerard Braunthal, A. James McAdams, David Levine, James Caporaso, Spencer Wellhofer, Claudia Wörmann, Helga Haftendorn, Andrei Markovits, Jeffrey Herf, Uwe Thaysen, Dietmar Schirmer, Martina Sprengel, Beverly Crawford, Peter Merkl, Peter O'Brien, Jeffrey Peck, and Hermann Kurthen. Last, but most, Norbert Finzsch.

I am especially grateful to the staff at the Press Archive at the Social Democratic Party (SPD) headquarters in Bonn, under the able direction of Peter Munkelt. I am also deeply indebted to Klaus-Henning Rosen for providing access to the papers of Willy Brandt at the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Bonn-Bad Godesberg.

Material from chapters 3, 5, 6, and 7 appeared in different form in: Between State and Society: Green Political Ideology in the Mid- 1980s, West European Politics 10, no. 2 (1987): 211-28; The 'Borrowed Language' of German Unification: State, Society, and Party Identity, German Politics 3, no. 2 (1994): 210-25; Accommodation or 'Cleansing': Germany's State Employees from the Old Regime, West European Politics 17, no. 4 (1994): 52-73; Building Democracy and Changing Institutions: The Professional Civil Service in the Federal Republic of Germany, Center for German and European Studies, Working Paper 5.31, University of California, Berkeley, October 1996.

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