Consequences of Demographic Change on Political Attitudes and Political Behavior in Germany

Research question/goal: 

Demographic change is one of the major challenges Germany is facing in the next decades to come. Ageing of the population will be substantial, pushing the median age up to unprecedented high levels. Mainstream research is largely focusing on the consequences of these developments for social policy and the economy. But demographic change also has potentially substantial effects upon political attitudes and behavior in various age groups. Will public opinion on policy matters tend to polarize between generations? And how could that, in turn, affect the acceptance and stability of the political system? The aim of the project is the analysis of these so far largely neglected issues by investigating the implications of demographic change for political attitudes and political behavior.

Current stage: 

In 2013 activities mainly focused on the completion of the monograph in which the project’s results are presented. These findings exceed the scope of already published results. Based on different data sources and empirical methods, political behaviour and political attitudes of citizens in an ageing society are analysed from various perspectives. The manuscript will be sent to the Nomos publishing house in the beginning of 2014.

Fact sheet

Funding: 
VW-Stiftung, University of Mannheim
Duration: 
2009 to 2014
Status: 
ongoing
Data Sources: 
Survey data, aggregate data, qualitative study components (focus groups)
Geographic Space: 
Germany

Publications

Books

Konzelmann, Laura, Michael Bergmann and Hans Rattinger (2014): Demographic Change in Germany - its Political Consequences. Baden-Baden: Nomos. [Studien zur Wahl- und Einstellungsforschung; 27] more