Selling the Economic Miracle: Economic Reconstruction and Politics in West Germany, 1949-1957

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Berghahn Books, 2007 - Business & Economics - 288 pages

Through an examination of election campaign propaganda and various public relations campaigns, reflecting new electioneering techniques borrowed from the United States, this work explores how conservative political and economic groups sought to construct and sell a political meaning of the Social Market Economy and the Economic Miracle in West Germany during the 1950s.The political meaning of economics contributed to conservative electoral success, constructed a new belief in the free market economy within West German society, and provided legitimacy and political stability for the new Federal Republic of Germany.

 

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Contents

Origins of the Social Market Economy
29
Market or Planned? The 1949 Bundestag Election
49
The Korean Crisis the Social Market Economy
94
Conclusion
256
Index
277
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Mark E. Spicka is Associate Professor of History at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania. He received his Ph.D. from Ohio State University and was a Fulbright Scholar in Germany in 1996/1997.

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