SUPPORT FOR DEMOCRACY BY VETERANS AND NON-VETERANS IN EARLY POST-WAR GERMANY by ProQuest

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This study utilizes mean and covariance structure (MACS) analysis to investigate support for democracy in post-war Germany. Unlike standard covariance structure analysis (CVA), MACS makes possible the testing of differences in means of latent variables across multiple groups. I compare support for democracy between males who served in the military in World War II versus those who did not serve. The 1953 random sample is the West German public. Results indicate that while both veterans and non-veterans conceptualize democracy similarly, some differences emerge in the predictor variables which explain the construct. Moreover, the study reveals that support for democracy is higher for those who served in the military. Implications of these findings are discussed both for contemporary Germany and for nations seeking to build democratic regimes. [PUBLICATION ABSTRACT]

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