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

Author
Mark E. Spicka
Content Type
Book
Institution
Berghahn Books
Abstract
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.
Topic
Cold War, Economics, Elections, European Union, Political stability, Propaganda
Political Geography
Europe, Germany, West Germany, Central Europe