The German Volkspartei and the Career of the Catch-All Concept.

  • Smith G
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Abstract

Smith presents an alternative approach to explain the emergence and the success of the CDU compared to Kirchheimer's catch-all-party approach. Smith emphasizes the dominance of political centrality after the experiences with inter-party competition in Weimar and its consequences. He states that the nature of parties had to change. The CDU, by its collective and pragmatic appeal, corresponds to this.

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  • Gordon Smith

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