By Stephen L. Fisher (auth.)
Minor events within the usa were studied either separately and jointly. at the foundation of those experiences, social scientists have set forth convinced generalizations in regards to the varieties of American minor events, their features, their capabilities, and the hindrances they face within the American get together procedure. even though, of their comparative research of political events, political scientists have typically constrained themselves to reviews in regards to the significant events. This learn examines intimately the entire minor events that have participated within the nationwide elections of the Federal Republic of Germany due to the fact that its inception in 1949 in mild of the descriptive and explanatory generalizations which were formulated approximately minor events within the usa. the aim of such an research is threefold. First, it offers fabrics at the West German minor events with a view to be with ease available for cross-national study. moment, via comparisons with the West German event, the generalizations professional duced to provide an explanation for American minor events are made stronger for comparative research. 3rd, and most vital, it seeks to illustrate that a few minor events play an immense position in a celebration method and that, accordingly, minor events shouldn't be overlooked within the comparative research of political events. i'm deeply indebted to Professors William B. Gwyn and James D. Cochrane for his or her assistance on this venture. This paintings couldn't were accomplished with out Professor Gwyn's tips and prodding.
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They are strongly ideologically oriented and their political campaigns are primarily mechanismus for propaganda. While the leaders of the transient parties no doubt have an ideology, their mass followings have little clear-cut ideological comprehension. These followers feel that their interests have been ignored by the major parties, and they blame some segment of society for their troubles, such as bankers or monopolies. The Marxist parties, however, attack the overall economic and social system.
48-49; Penniman, pp. , 1966), p. 22. David McKean classifies minor parties as sectional, single-issue and secessionist parties - all transient movements (pp. 410-12). , 1956), pp. ] and Frank Sorauf (Party Politics . , p. 47) both emphasize transient parties, especially secessionist parties, in their discussion of minor parties. Ranney and Kendall classify as 'ideological parties" both the Marxist and the singleissue movements such as the Liberty or Free Soil parties (p. 435). Hugh Bone discusses both Marxist parties and parties of economic protest such as the Populists under a "doctrinal-ideological" label (pp.
668-80. See also David Schoenbaum, Hitler's Social Revolution (Garden City: Doubleday, 1967); and Rolf Dahrendorf, Society and Democracy in Germany (Garden City: Doubleday, 1967), pp. 381-96. 4 Charles Frye, "Parties and Pressure Groups in Weimar and Bonn," World Politics, XVII (July, 1965), p. 654. 42 THE EVOLUTION OF THE GERMAN PARTY SYSTEM Since the Western powers pursued different zonal policies in respect to licensing parties, the sequence of party formation varied among the zones. Nevertheless, the same four parties quickly emerged as the main parties in each zone.