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Ordinary economic voting behavior in the extraordinary election of Adolf Hitler


King, Gary; Rosen, Ori; Tanner, Martin; Wagner, Alexander F (2008). Ordinary economic voting behavior in the extraordinary election of Adolf Hitler. Journal of Economic History, 68(4):951-996.

Abstract

The enormous Nazi voting literature rarely builds on modern statistical or economic research. By adding these approaches, we find that the most widely accepted existing theories of this era cannot distinguish the Weimar elections from almost any others in any country. Via a retrospective voting account, we show that voters most hurt by the depression, and most likely to oppose the government, fall into separate groups with divergent interests. This explains why some turned to the Nazis and others turned away. The consequences of Hitler’s election were extraordinary, but the voting behavior that led to it was not.

The enormous Nazi voting literature rarely builds on modern statistical or economic research. By adding these approaches, we find that the most widely accepted existing theories of this era cannot distinguish the Weimar elections from almost any others in any country. Via a retrospective voting account, we show that voters most hurt by the depression, and most likely to oppose the government, fall into separate groups with divergent interests. This explains why some turned to the Nazis and others turned away. The consequences of Hitler’s election were extraordinary, but the voting behavior that led to it was not.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Banking and Finance
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Language:English
Date:4 December 2008
Deposited On:30 Jan 2009 10:03
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 12:54
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
ISSN:0022-0507
Publisher DOI:10.1017/S0022050708000788
Official URL:http://gking.harvard.edu/files/gking/files/nazivp.pdf
Related URLs:http://ideas.repec.org/a/cup/jechis/v68y2008i04p951-996_00.html
Permanent URL: http://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-11682

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