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The CDU and the politics of gender in Germany : bringing women to the Party /
Sarah Elise Wiliarty.
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Cambridge [U.K.] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010.
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xiii, 267 p. ; 24 cm.
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052176582X (hardback), 9780521765824 (hardback)
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Cambridge [U.K.] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010.
isbn
052176582X (hardback)
9780521765824 (hardback)
abstract
"This book develops the concept of the corporatist catch-all party to explain how the German Christian Democratic Union (CDU) has responded to changing demands from women over the past forty years. Otto Kirchheimer's classic study argues that when catch-all parties reach out to new constituencies, they are forced to decrease the involvement of membership to facilitate doctrinal flexibility. In a corporatist catch-all party, however, societal interests are represented within the party organization and policy making is the result of internal party negotiation. Through an investigation of CDU policy making in the issue areas of abortion policy, work-family policy, and participation policy, this book demonstrates that sometimes the CDU mobilizes rather than disempowers membership. An important lesson of this study is that a political party need not sacrifice internal democracy and ignore its members in order to succeed at the polls"--
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7292850
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 240-259) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2011-04-01:
Aimed at investigating how conservative women translate their political agenda into actual policies, Wiliarty (Wesleyan Univ.) offers a compelling case study that focuses on Germany's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and its policy making in regard to major women's issues. Acknowledging the richness of the gender and politics literature and the rather complex nature of the women's movement in Germany, the book analyzes a wide spectrum of women-related policymaking areas, including work-family policy, abortion policy, and participation policy. While these policy areas have been generally discussed since the late 1960s, their pursuit by the CDU cannot be satisfactorily explained by existing theories (e.g., electoral response, party ideology). To fill this theoretical void, Wiliarty presents a corporatist catchall party model that differs from the traditional catchall party. She continues with an excellent discussion that traces the rise of the CDU as a corporatist catchall party and points to the transformative policies advanced by leaders associated with internal party minorities and the powerful role of internal party groups like the Women's Union and the Social Committees. A cross-national comparison of Christian Democratic parties within the context of this party model concludes the discussion. Summing Up: Recommended. All readership levels. A. E. Wohlers Cameron University
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"Sarah Wiliarty's book ... makes strong empirical and theoretical contributions to the study of German politics, comparative politics more broadly, and gender and politics." - Louise K. Davidson-Schmich, German Politics and Society
'This is an excellent piece of research, utilizing high-quality, historical, and comparative methodology to answer the timely question of how conservative political parties respond to women's demands. The quality and scope of the analysis will allow the book to reach a broad international audience at undergraduate, graduate, and scholarly levels.' Kathrin Zippel, Northeastern University
'One of the book's most notable strengths is its creative and potentially very useful model.' Ronald J. Granieri, Temple University
"Sarah Wiliarty provides a fascinating look inside one of the largest and most important political parties in Europe. In closely analyzing a 'traditional' party's response to gender issues, in developing a new and compelling perspective on party organization, and in linking the empirical literature on political parties to normative democratic theory, this book deserves a wide audience." - David Art, Tufts University
Advance praise: 'Sarah Wiliarty provides a fascinating look inside one of the largest and most important political parties in Europe. In closely analyzing a 'traditional' party's response to gender issues, in developing a new and compelling perspective on party organization, and in linking the empirical literature on political parties to normative democratic theory, this book deserves a wide audience.' David Art, Tufts University
"Wiliarty's book is carefully crafted, exceedingly well written, rich in detail, and timely...This book will appeal to scholars of comparative politics broadly and especially those concerned with party politics, gender politics, and European politics. It would be well received by students in upper-division undergraduate and graduate courses on these topics." - Miki Caul Kittilson, Comparative Political Studies
'Was Angela Merkel's rise to become the first woman chancellor in German history an accident of party politics or a miracle of gender representation? Wiliarty shows how both party politics and women's mobilization transformed the CDU, a religious, conservative party, away from its patriarchal ideas about women and family (called 'traditional') and led not only to Merkel's breakthrough role but to her party's leadership in providing paid family leave for women and men. But even more fundamentally, Wiliarty shows that careful attention to gender politics can explain a great deal about how parties themselves function. The corporatist catch-all party that Wiliarty describes as the CDU model may be increasingly the style for all political parties in the age of identity politics and multiple interest groups vying for influence.' Myra Marx Ferree, University of Wisconsin
"This is one of the most important works yet written on one of the most important political parties in modern Europe. Sarah Wiliarty's insightful analysis of the CDU's internal dynamics is a major contribution to our understanding of a key player in German democracy. It also offers a fresh perspective on how organizational structures shape intra-party policy making." - Clay Clemens, The College of William & Mary
'This is one of the most important works yet written on one of the most important political parties in modern Europe. Sarah Wiliarty's insightful analysis of the CDU's internal dynamics is a major contribution to our understanding of a key player in German democracy. It also offers a fresh perspective on how organizational structures shape intra-party policy making.' Clay Clemens, College of William and Mary
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This title develops the concept of the corporatist catch-all party to explain how the German Christian Democratic Union has responded to changing demands from women over the past 40 years, showing that a political party need not sacrifice internal democracy and ignore its members in order to succeed at the polls.
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This book develops the concept of the corporatist catch-all party to explain how the German Christian Democratic Union (CDU) has responded to changing demands from women over the past forty years. Otto Kirchheimer's classic study argues that when catch-all parties reach out to new constituencies, they are forced to decrease the involvement of membership to facilitate doctrinal flexibility. In a corporatist catch-all party, however, societal interests are represented within the party organization and policy making is the result of internal party negotiation. Through an investigation of CDU policy making in the issue areas of abortion policy, work-family policy, and participation policy, this book demonstrates that sometimes the CDU mobilizes rather than disempowers membership. An important lesson of this study is that a political party need not sacrifice internal democracy and ignore its members in order to succeed at the polls.
Library of Congress Summary
"Sarah Elise Wiliarty develops the concept of the corporatist catch-all party to explain how the German Christian Democratic Union has responded to changing demands from women over the past forty years"--"This book develops the concept of the corporatist catch-all party to explain how the German Christian Democratic Union (CDU) has responded to changing demands from women over the past forty years. Otto Kirchheimer's classic study argues that when catch-all parties reach out to new constituencies, they are forced to decrease the involvement of membership to facilitate doctrinal flexibility. In a corporatist catch-all party, however, societal interests are represented within the party organization and policy making is the result of internal party negotiation. Through an investigation of CDU policy making in the issue areas of abortion policy, work-family policy, and participation policy, this book demonstrates that sometimes the CDU mobilizes rather than disempowers membership. An important lesson of this study is that a political party need not sacrifice internal democracy and ignore its members in order to succeed at the polls"--
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This book develops the concept of the corporatist catch-all party to explain how the German Christian Democratic Union has responded to changing demands from women over the past forty years, showing that a political party need not sacrifice internal democracy and ignore its members in order to succeed at the polls.
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Develops the concept of the corporatist catch-all party to explain how the German Christian Democratic Union has responded to changing demands from women over the past forty years, showing that a political party need not sacrifice internal democracy and ignore its members in order to succeed at the polls.
Table of Contents
Introduction: a democratic paradox?
The puzzle of CDU policy making on women's issues
The corporatist catch-all party model
The postwar CDU: origins of a corporatist catch-all party
The emergence of the Women's Union, 1969-1982
The Women's Union in the dominant coalition, 1982-1989
Looking eastward: the Women's Union and cobbled coalitions, 1989-1998
The rise of Angela Merkel: policy and personnel decisions of the CDU in unified Germany
Christian democracy with and without corporatism: policy making on women's issues in Austria, Italy and the Netherlands; Conclusion
list of cited interviews
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