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The Christian Democratic Union was one of the original
parties in Janda's 1950-1962 ICPP study. The party continued
throughout 1950-1990 in the Harmel-Janda study of party
essay on party politics in West Germany from 1950 to 1962
- The CDU, conjunction with its Bavarian affiliate, the
Christian Social Union, continued to govern after
Adenauer's retirement in 1963 in coalition with the Free
Democrats with Ludwig Erhard as chancellor. When the FDP
withdrew from the coalition in 1966, Erhard resigned and
Kurt Keisinger formed a "grand coalition" government with
he CDU's traditional opponents, the Social Democrats.
essay on party politics in the united Germany from 1963
to 2000 says:
- The CDU, in conjunction with the
Bavarian Christian Socialist Union, CSU, has a joint
parliamentary group in the Bundestag. The CDU has no
parliamentary association in the Free State of Bavaria,
while the CSU puts up candidates in Bavaria only.
Collectively known as the Christian Democrats, the CDU
and CSU have drawn their political base from the Roman
Catholics and Protestants. The CDU/CSU serves as one of
the two major parties in Germany today and is fairly
stable. Under Helmut Kohl, the party held control of
government from 1983 to 1998.
Consult the index to
variables for annual scores of the party's issue
orientation, organizational complexity, centralization of
power, and coherence from 1950 through 1990.