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Political conflict in Bismarck’s Germany: an analysis of parliamentary voting, 1867-1890

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Show simple item record Häge, Frank M. 2017-04-21T08:50:47Z 2017-04-21T08:50:47Z 2019
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Imperial Germany is a prominent historical case in the study of Western Europe’s political development. This paper investigates the number and content of political conflict dimensions from the foundation of the modern German state in 1866 to the end of Bismarck’s reign as Chancellor in 1890. Methodologically, it applies dimension-reducing statistical methods to a novel dataset of content-coded parliamentary roll call votes. The analysis suggests that the emergence of the Catholic Centre Party in 1871 permanently transformed the conflict space from a single liberal-conservative divide to a two-dimensional space that distinguished positions on socio-economic issues and regime matters, respectively. The fact that positions on redistributive and regime issues were not aligned implies that theories stressing economic inequality as a driver for regime change are of limited applicability. Instead, the case of Imperial Germany highlights the importance of cross-cutting non-economic societal cleavages and the role of societal and political organisations in drawing attention to and perpetuating these divisions. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher SAGE Publications en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Party Politics: 25 (2), pp. 179-191
dc.subject dimensionality en_US
dc.subject political space en_US
dc.subject roll call votes en_US
dc.subject Reichstag en_US
dc.title Political conflict in Bismarck’s Germany: an analysis of parliamentary voting, 1867-1890 en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.1177/1354068817702058
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 2708502

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