Societal transformation and programmatic change in the CDU

Simon Green*

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This article places the changing policy profile of the CDU into the context of the gradual transformation of German society since the 1970s and especially since unification in 1990. It argues that in order to understand key areas where the CDU has reformed its programme, we must first understand the broader, meta-level trends in society. In its main section, the article sketches out the long-term changes that have occurred in three principal areas (demographics, labour market outcomes and the economic status and the role of women), and relates these to debates that have taken place in the CDU's programmatic profile. The article therefore concludes that consideration of the societal context complements agency-based explanations for programmatic change.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)46-63
Number of pages18
JournalGerman Politics
Issue number1-2
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 14 Jun 2013


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