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Associated Rivals: Antagonism And Cooperation In The German Political Elite

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The examination of democratic elitism in Germany from within the political elite has revealed what seems to be a complex and somewhat contradictory pattern of reinforcing and countervailing tendencies. This chapter proposes that a theory of antagonistic cooperation explains why and how political elites cooperate and limit their conflicts in power competitions. It also proposes that principal-agent theory helps to explain the emergence of bonds of trust between electors, selectors, and the elected in representative democracies. The record of the German Federal Republic is one of democratic elitism's success stories. Partly in response to the experience of democracy's self-destruction in the Weimar Republic, but primarily in response to the communist threat during the Cold War, West German elites formed a "cartel of angst" (Dahrendorf 1965:297) that operated an elaborate machinery of consensus production in the corporatist world of "Rhenish capitalism" and that was firmly embedded in the Western Alliance.

Keywords: antagonistic cooperation; democratic elitism; Germany; Max Weber; political elite; Weimar



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